General Law Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5780

Title:

AN ACT LEGALIZING INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/24/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. Melissa H. Ziobron, 34th Dist.

Rep. Dan Carter, 2nd Dist.

Rep. Aundré Bumgardner, 41st Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill would make industrial hemp legal to grow and manufacture for commercial purposes in the state of Connecticut

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Melissa Ziobron, 34th Assembly District

● Rep. Ziobron supports this bill and feels that Connecticut mirror their legalization of industrial hemp efforts to align with the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. Industrial Hemp can be used for paper, foods & beverages, cosmetics, personal care, carpeting, body care products and nutritional supplements

Margot Johnstone, CTGrowsHemp.org

Margot Johnstone supports this bill because she feels that it would create the opportunity for Connecticut to become a part of the growing industrial hemp economy. Currently, 22 other states are moving forward in declaring Industrial Hemp legal and cultivating it as outlined in The Farm Bill: Hemp Provision.

Tatianna Gildersleeve, CEO & Founder of Tredway White Inc.

● Tatianna Gildersleeve supports this bill because of the financial implications. The Congressional Research Service estimates the cost of imported hemp to the United States from foreign markets to be around $580 million. In 2014 alone, $1 billion of canvas and rubber footwear was imported from China into the U.S., this is a product that can be produced here in the U.S. through industrial hemp.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Reported by: Jason Snukis

Date: March 17, 2015