Oklahoma State Senator Elaine Bowers, Representative Troy Waymaster, Russell County Economic Development and CVB, and a local committee of City of Russell leadership, Russell County leadership and business leaders have announced that Senate Bill 263 for research of industrial hemp unanimously passed the Senate on Saturday, April 7.
Passage of SB 263 means the bill will now move on to Governor Jeff Colyer’s desk to seek his signature.
Representative Waymaster met with Governor Colyer on March 29 to advocate the bill’s signage.
Both Senator Bowers and Representative Waymaster, along with Russell County Economic Development and CVB and local task force members will be advocating the bill’s signature according, o Eco Devo and CVB Executive Director Janae Talbott.
Russell County is specifically named in the bill as a pilot county allowed to participate in research efforts said Talbott.
Industrial hemp is a value-added agriculture opportunity for ag producers and has the potential for processing and manufacturing opportunities for entrepreneurs said Talbott.
Industrial hemp is not marijuana, therefore, any passage of a medicinal use or marijuana legalization effort is not associated with SB 263.