SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTIC Radio)—With Connecticut’s hemp industry growing, Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill Tuesday to facilitate hemp production in the state.
During the recent special session, legislators passed the House bill known as An Act Revising the State Hemp Program in Accordance with Federal Requirements.
The bill revises the state’s hemp production plan to comply with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regulations.
State agriculture officials and hemp production workers joined Lamont as he signed the bill at Lasa Extract, a CBD oil manufacturer in Suffield.
Along with the revised bill, Lamont said efforts are being made to help those in the hemp industry, particularly with hemp processing.
“We’ve tried to facilitate that as well by speeding up the regulatory process. You can grow, you can process. It’s one license going forward,” Lamont said.
According to Lamont and agriculture department officials, the state has issued about 170 licenses for commercial hemp production with about 500 acres for growing hemp in Connecticut.
Lamont compared the CBD oil and hemp industry to the tobacco industry, calling it an evolutionary step in Connecticut’s agriculture.
The Lasa Extract manufacturing building in Suffield, Lamont said, was once a tobacco factory, in a state that Lamont credited with being “the best in the world” in terms of the