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Hemp production legal in Wyoming after Governor Gordon gives green light

A close up of a cannabis plant. (Michael Fischer, Pexels)

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a bill into law on Wednesday, March 6 that allows hemp production to take place in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Legislative Service Office.

The Wyoming House and Senate both passed the bill in February before sending it to the governor’s desk. House Bill 171 authorizes hemp production and processing in Wyoming.

“Hemp is an agricultural crop in this state,” the bill’s text reads. “Upon meeting the requirements of this article, a person may produce or process hemp.”

Before growing hemp, the bill requires people to obtain a license. The license costs $750 and must be renewed annually. There is a $500 license fee for nonprofits and educational organizations, according to the bill.

The bill allows hemp to be processed into products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana.