AUSTIN (Nexstar) — After giving the initial nod to allow farmers to grow hemp and legalizing hemp products in Texas, the state House officially passed the bill out of the lower chamber.
The legislation now heads to the Senate. If it passed the upper chamber, it heads to the Governor’s desk for a signature. It was approved in the House Tuesday in a voice vote and again Wednesday on its third reading with a 144-0 vote.
House Bill 1325, authored by Rep. Tracy King, D- Batesville, allows farmers to grow hemp as industrial crops under a regulated state program.