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  1  1    Section 1.  INDUSTRIAL HEMP  RESEARCH BY IOWA STATE
  1  2 UNIVERSITY.
  1  3    1.  As used in this section, "industrial hemp" means
  1  4 cannabis sativa L. which has a percentage of
  1  5 tetrahydrocannabinol of not more than one percent.
  1  6    2.  The general assembly finds that there is a trend among
  1  7 states to consider the economic importance of industrial hemp,
  1  8 which is a major crop in other nations.  Industrial hemp
  1  9 historically has contributed to the economic welfare of this
  1 10 country, and is a renewable natural resource manufactured for
  1 11 textiles, pulp, paper, oil, and other products.  The purpose
  1 12 of this Act is to promote the economy of this state by
  1 13 providing for research necessary to develop industrial hemp as
  1 14 a viable crop.
  1 15    3.  In carrying out this Act, Iowa state university shall
  1 16 do all of the following:
  1 17    a.  Collaborate with agencies of the United States
  1 18 government, including the drug enforcement administration of
  1 19 the United States department of justice, in order to produce
  1 20 and possess industrial hemp according to the terms and
  1 21 conditions required by the United States government.  Iowa
  1 22 state university may execute any memorandum of understanding
  1 23 with a United States government agency in order to carry out
  1 24 this section, and may obtain any federal permit or other
  1 25 authorization required to carry out this Act.
  1 26    b.  Cooperate with law enforcement agencies and the
  1 27 department of agriculture and land stewardship in carrying out
  1 28 this Act.
  1 29    4.  Notwithstanding chapter 124, Iowa state university
  1 30 shall, to the extent permitted by the United States
  1 31 government, conduct research regarding the production and
  1 32 marketing of industrial hemp.  The research shall include an
  1 33 analysis of all of the following:
  1 34    a.  The production of high quality seed varieties having
  1 35 proved adaptation and performance.
  2  1    b.  The feasibility of producing industrial hemp in this
  2  2 state as a profitable cash crop, including the adaptability of
  2  3 promising varieties to soils and growing conditions in this
  2  4 state.
  2  5    c.  The production of industrial hemp having the lowest
  2  6 possible percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol.
  2  7    d.  The development of good production practices, including
  2  8 best management practices for applying nutrients and
  2  9 pesticides; strategies to best conserve, maintain, and improve
  2 10 soil productivity; and methods to control disease.
  2 11    e.  The need for and availability of equipment and
  2 12 machinery required to efficiently and cost-effectively produce
  2 13 and harvest industrial hemp.
  2 14    f.  Market conditions affecting the economic viability of
  2 15 industrial hemp production, including the identification of
  2 16 markets, the utilization of products, processing methods, and
  2 17 other economic factors affecting the profitable marketing of
  2 18 industrial hemp.
  2 19    5.  The research shall be conducted as provided by Iowa
  2 20 state university, and may be carried out in part by the Iowa
  2 21 agricultural and home economics experiment station, including
  2 22 the Leopold center for sustainable agriculture.  Research
  2 23 shall, to every extent possible, be determined by experimental
  2 24 trials when appropriate.  The university shall cooperate with
  2 25 other states engaged in conducting similar research.  The
  2 26 university shall seek financial support from public and
  2 27 private sources in order to carry out this Act, including
  2 28 associations representing agricultural producers.  The
  2 29 university shall report the findings and recommendations of
  2 30 the study to the general assembly not later than January 15,
  2 31 2000.  
  2 32                           EXPLANATION
  2 33    This section provides for research by Iowa state university
  2 34 regarding the production and marketing of industrial hemp
  2 35 which has a percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol of not more
  3  1 than one percent.  The bill makes an exception to Iowa's
  3  2 controlled substance Act and authorizes the university to
  3  3 collaborate with agencies of the United States government in
  3  4 order to produce and possess industrial hemp according to the
  3  5 terms and conditions required by the United States government.
  3  6 The bill requires the university to cooperate with law
  3  7 enforcement agencies and the department of agriculture and
  3  8 land stewardship in carrying out the bill's provisions.  The
  3  9 bill authorizes the university to conduct research regarding
  3 10 the production of high quality seed varieties, the feasibility
  3 11 of producing industrial hemp in this state as a profitable
  3 12 cash crop, the production of industrial hemp having the lowest
  3 13 possible percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol, the development
  3 14 of good production practices, the need for and availability of
  3 15 suitable equipment and machinery, and market conditions
  3 16 affecting the economic viability of industrial hemp
  3 17 production.  The bill requires the university to cooperate
  3 18 with other states engaged in conducting similar research, and
  3 19 to seek financial support from public and private sources.
  3 20 The bill requires the university to report its findings and
  3 21 recommendations to the general assembly not later than January
  3 22 15, 2000.  
  3 23 LSB 1399HH 78
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