Missouri hemp and cannabis activists don’t have much to celebrate during the 2017 Hemp History Week. The Missouri Senate failed to pass Paul Curtman’s HB 170 hemp bill in the 2017 session which would have allowed the Show-Me state to start industrial hemp cultivation.
This marks the third year in a row Paul Curtman (R) from District 109 has sponsored an industrial hemp bill that passed the house and failed to make it through the senate.
Last year, Brian Munzlinger, (18th Dist.), Chairman of the Senate’s Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee gave it a “Do Pass” recommendation, but Munzlinger moved to put Curtman’s 2016 hemp bill HB 2038 on the informal calendar. That move killed the legislation.
Curtman’s 2017 hemp bill, HB 170, earned Munzlinger’s vote again and passed the Ag committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation, but the bill stalled as the legislative session expired May 12, 2017.