Senate approves Lauwers legislation to update Michigan’s hemp regulations

The state Senate on Thursday approved Senate Bill 186, legislation I sponsored that would update Michigan’s hemp laws.

On Jan. 15, the USDA published a final rule regarding federal hemp laws. Michigan will need to amend the Michigan Hemp Growers Act to continue to comply with federal language.

The updates outlined in SB 186 would allow Michigan to continue its growing interest in the hemp industry.

Last year, I sponsored legislation to create the Industrial Hemp Growers Act to align Michigan’s Industrial Hemp Laws with the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules.

Hemp can be used to produce fibers in fabrics, textiles, yarns, paper and home furnishings and has many other uses. Updating state law to continue to produce hemp products will give the Michigan agricultural industry a great advantage.