By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times
Governor Doug Ducey, one of the state’s most aggressive cannabis-legalization opponents, may be ready to make Arizona one of the country’s leading producers of hemp.
The state Legislature passed a far-reaching commercial hemp bill, SB 1098, over the last few weeks of the 2018 session and sent it to Ducey after adjournment on May 4.
If the governor signs it, or if he doesn’t veto it by May 14, Arizona will become the 35th state to make hemp legal under state laws, and the 11th to approve commercial hemp cultivation and sales.
“Governor Ducey must either sign or veto SB1098 by May 14. If he signs it, Arizona will become the 35th state to make hemp legal, and the 11th to approve commercial hemp cultivation and sales. It will be interesting to see the outcome, especially since in the past year alone, we have seen a significant increase in hemp-based product development and businesses throughout the U.S.