Industrial Hemp Summer Study To Hold First Meeting In Pierre July 11th

(WNAX) — The Industrial Hemp Study Committee will hold their first meeting of the legislative interim on July 11th in Pierre. Committee Chairman, Representative Lee Qualm of Platte, says he was on a recent trip to Kentucky to see how they are implementing their hemp program…

“The way they’re handling it is when you decide to plant hemp you have to register with the Department of Ag.; you have to have paperwork. As long as you have paperwork, if you’re transporting anything of quantity and you have a paper that says it’s legal for you to plant hemp, Law Enforcement will let you go.”
Qualm says the Kentucky plan does a good job of helping hemp producers…

“You’ve got big bales or square bales of hemp going someplace; they’re not worried about that, they don’t think that’s going to be an issue. With that said, everybody knows there’s always bad players, people that will push the envelope no matter what. It could make something a little more interesting and they recognize that, but they’re really not worried about it. They are certainly willing to work with the Department of Ag. for getting some rules figured out and how everything’s going to work.”
Qualm says there are many elements of the Kentucky plan that could be adopted in South Dakota…

“I think it very much is. We looked at their law and kind of thinking we’ll make some modifications to it but use that as a basis for what we are doing. We met with a couple of processors down there, who take hemp and turn it into CBD oil and that was what they were saying and the Department of Ag. down there is very willing to work with us and help us with anything we might need.”
Qualm says he hopes they can come up with some guidelines for the 2020 legislature to legalize growing industrial hemp.