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New York Bill Encouraging Businesses To Use Hemp For Construction And Other Purposes Heads To Governor

The New York Senate and Assembly have passed a bill to encourage businesses to use hemp materials for packaging, construction and other industrial purposes. After final procedural steps, the measure will be on its way to the governor.

The legislation amends state statute to stipulate that the Agriculture Commissioner would need to work with the Urban Development Corporation, hemp workgroup and stakeholders who use (or “may potentially use”) hemp “to develop and promote the use of hemp by businesses for purposes such as packaging, construction, and other uses.”

Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D), a consistent proponent of hemp as an environmentally sustainable alternative to other materials, introduced her bill on the matter before it was substituted for an identical Assembly-passed measure and then cleared the Senate on Tuesday in a unanimous 63-0 vote. The Assembly version, sponsored by Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (D), passed in that chamber by a vote of 133-5 back in February.

The purpose of the legislation is to “encourage the use of industrial hemp grown in New York by businesses.”

#NYSenate S8496, sponsored by Senator @michellehinchey, passed (61-0, unofficial).
Relates to industrial hemp development:

— New York State Senate (@NYSenate) May 17, 2022

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