Noem drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for 'guardrails'

Published: Jan. 9, 2020 at 12:01 PM CST
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Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state.

Noem announced that she won't veto a hemp bill provided it contains four “guardrails" she provided to lawmakers.

“Today, I am outlining for the legislature a path forward – four guardrails, if you will – on hemp. These include: 1) reliable enforcement standards; 2) responsible regulations regarding licensing, reporting, and inspections; 3) an appropriate plan for safe transportation; and 4) an adequate funding plan," Noem said in a release.

Noem made it clear she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government agencies providing licenses and inspections. She also wants legislators to come up with a way to pay for the hemp program.

“Given all that we need to accomplish this session, if we can get this done in the coming weeks, it would be a good way to kick off this year’s legislative session,”

The Legislature convenes Tuesday, Jan. 14.