Alaska Senate Votes Unanimously to Legalize Hemp

Legislation to legalize hemp has been passed by Alaska’s full Senate.

Senate Bill 6 received a unanimous 20 to 0 vote from the Senate yesterday. This puts it before the House of Representatives, where passage will send it to Bill Walker for final consideration. The proposed law would define industrial hemp as an agricultural product and would remove it from the state’s list of controlled substances.

“The commercial possibilities of hemp are numerous and versatile,” says Senator Shelley Hughes (R), who filed the bill with four cosponsors. “Hemp can be used for fiber products, such as clothing and paper, as well as for building materials and insulation, among thousands of other products.”

Hughes continues; “Local farmers asked me to consider carrying this legislation so they can use hemp for nutritious animal feed.. Hemp oil also continues to be researched for its medical possibilities including treatment for those suffering from epilepsy and other diseases.”

As with many other states that have legalized hemp, Senate Bill 6 would define hemp as having no more than 0.3% THC.

You can click here for the measure’s official text.

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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

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