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June 20, 2019
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GUILLEN PASSES BILL TO PROTECT PROPERTY IN DISASTER AREAS
AUSTIN - As an author of HB 1325, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) helps allow Texans to participate in the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp farming was legalized at the Federal level late last year, and this bill creates the framework for Texans to start utilizing and profiting from the many versatile uses of industrial hemp.
"The US hemp market has already contributed over $800 million to the US economy since last year," Said Guillen, "and with Texas' agricultural industry accounting for 8.4% of our state's total GPD, it makes sense for Texas to get in the industrial hemp game."
Under the direction of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Governor, Attorney General, and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HB 1325, will establish the Hemp Farming Act to regulate the commercial production of hemp and would establish that the state has the primary regulatory authority over the production of hemp and hemp products in Texas. This bill specifies that that hemp is not a controlled substance, and is not legalizing marijuana production in the state.
Representative Guillen knows the benefits this could have for South Texas and his agriculture heavy district. The hemp industry is growing rapidly in the country, and Guillen is thrilled to see it come to Texas where it could create jobs and generate revenue for the state. Hemp is a valuable commodity that is drought and heat resistant and not water intensive, making it well suited to Texas. It is an excellent rotational crop that rejuvenates the soil and improves the yields of other crops, and every part of the hemp plant has commercial use.
“The importance of our state's agriculture is essential to the economy and affects all Americans," stated Guillen, "and I will continue to fight to provide our agricultural industry with the advantages they need to be successful."
Guillen has always done all he can in the legislature to provide the agricultural industry with the tools they need to be successful, and HB 1325 is just another example of his commitment to Texas farmers.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen