PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would legalize the growth and production of industrial hemp and derivative products in South Dakota has been deferred until Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Senate.

According to the bill, hemp operations would need to be grown outdoors on at least five continuous acres. No indoor growing is allowed at this point.

All plants need to have a THC content of 0.03% or less. If tests determine that the plants exceed this level, they can be retested. If the second test shows the hemp plant still has a content over the allowed THC amounts, the crop must be destroyed.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety will handle the inspections.

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