HB 532 (Patron: Freitas) (Passes House Ag Sub-Committee 8-0; Full Committee Pending) –
Eliminates the licensure requirement for growing industrial hemp and allows any person to grow industrial hemp Substitute in Sub-Committee to mirror SB 247 (Dance)
SB 333 (Patron: Peake; Rolled into SB 247: Dance) –
Removes all restrictions on the production of industrial hemp, including licensing and regulations
SB 247 (Patron: Dance) (Passes VA Senate 40-0) – Creates commercial industrial hemp production & processing framework. Replaces licensing requirements with registration requirements. Lowers registration fee from $250 to $50. Limits number of inspections of crops & processing plants to 2 per year. Creates immunity for landowners near industrial hemp crops and processing facilities for unintentional growth of plants caused by tray seeds.