Public Hearing on Regulations January 4th, 2018

The Arkansas State Plant Board has announced that they will be holding the public hearing to discuss the draft of the rules and regulations on January 4th at 1PM at the plant board office.

Read the draft of the regulations here.

It is CRITICAL that anyone who is interested or supports hemp in Arkansas comes to this meeting and voices their opinion about what needs to be changed in the proposed regulations.

Some of the policies, if kept, will be detrimental to the success of the 2018 program.

To receive a copy of my concerns and proposed edits, email [email protected]

 

Thanks, and have a great new year!

 

-AHA

Draft of Rules & Regulations Released 12/9/17

The Arkansas State Plant Board has issued its first draft of the 2018 Rules & Regulations. Read this document here.

These regulations will be open for discussion to all interested parties sometime in the first few weeks of January. We will announce the date and time of this discussion once we are informed.

We encourage everyone to read these policies and think of things that should be edited in order to make the program the most successful it can be for 2018. These proposed changes can then be discussed with the Plant Board at the hearing.

Upon the synthesis of the edits, a final draft of the regulations will be presented at the 2018 Quarterly Meeting in March 2018 and will be open for public comment. Research applications and licenses will then be issued for the 2018 growing season.

After 80 years of prohibition, this is Arkansas’ chance to have our first shot at growing hemp again. Let’s make it count.

 

-AHA

AHA at the Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Business Expo

We had a wonderful time discussing hemp and all of its potential at the Ark-La-Tex Cannabis Expo in Little Rock, AR this past week.

We want to give a huge thank you to Eric Norton for putting on the event, as well as the venue and all of the sponsors including Imperious Expo + Directory, Illegally Healed, Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, and Ounce Magazine.

The Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act

The Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act (Act 981) was drafted by Nicholas Dial, Jeremy Fisher, Gary Fults, and Melissa Fults and passed in the spring of 2017. The bill was sponsored by Representative David Hillman and Senator John Cooper. The bill passed through both the Senate and the House of Representatives nearly unanimously, with only one vote against by Representative Andy Mayberry. The bill was not signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson, but was enacted into Arkansas law following the 2017 regular session.

Section 7606 of former President Barack Obama’s 2014 farm bill permits the cultivation of industrial hemp under state regulated research pilot programs. Arkansas Act 981 establishes a research pilot program for the state to be overseen and regulated by the Arkansas Plant Board in conjunction with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

Act 981 does not restrict research to universities only, but permits participation by farmers, processors, and market researchers. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to, development of cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particle board, plastics, seed, seed meal, and seed oil for consumption.