Hemp, industrial; research programs. (SB247)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Industrial hemp research programs. Authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to undertake research through the establishment of (i) a higher education industrial hemp research program, to be managed by institutions of higher education, and (ii) a Virginia industrial hemp research program. The bill classifies all participants in any research program as either growers or processors and replaces the current licensing requirement, which requires a police background check, with a registration requirement. This bill incorporates SB 333 and is identical to HB 532. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101495D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/11/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/11/2018Committee substitute printed 18104864D-S1
01/11/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/11/2018Incorporates SB333 (Peake)
01/12/2018Incorporates SB333 (Peake)
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB247S1)
01/24/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Committee substitute printed 18105933D-S2
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time
01/26/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2018Committee substitute rejected 18104864D-S1
01/26/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105933D-S2
01/26/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB247S2
01/29/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB247S2)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/28/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/02/2018Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Read second time
03/07/2018Read third time
03/07/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2018Engrossed by House as amended
03/07/2018Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB247ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Signed by President
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB247ER)
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 690 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0690)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.