Bill Now Returns to Texas House to Consider Senate's Amendments
VANCOUVER, May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Village Farms International, Inc. ("Village Farms" or the "Company") (VFF) (VFF) applauds the passage yesterday by a unanimous vote of House Bill 1325 ("HB 1325" or "the Bill") today by the Texas State Senate. HB 1325 is a bi-partisan bill that, if passed into law, will establish a Texas Hemp Program, providing a regulatory and licensing framework for the cultivation and processing of hemp, as well as for products made from hemp, including cannabidiol (CBD). On April 24, 2019, HB 1325 was unanimously passed by the Texas State House of Representatives.
As per normal legislative procedure, HB 1325 will now return to the House of Representatives for consideration of the Senate's amendments to the Bill. Should the House of Representatives not concur with the Senate's amendments, the Bill will proceed to Conference Committee for resolution, and then proceed to a final vote by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Should the House of Representatives concur with the Senate's amendments to the Bill, HB 1325 will become law as a result of the super majority vote in both the House of Representative and the Senate, subject to the June 16 deadline for the Governor to veto bills — a highly unlikely proposition for a bill that passed both houses unanimously.
"This is another very positive step forward in the legislative process toward the legalization of the cultivation and processing of hemp in Texas," said Michael DeGiglio, CEO of Village Farms. "We are encouraged by this progress and look forward to HB 1325 being passed into law and the considerable opportunities that will present for our Company."
About Village Farms International, Inc.
Village Farms is one of the largest and longest-operating vertically integrated greenhouse growers in North America and the only publicly traded greenhouse produce company in Canada. Village Farms produces and distributes fresh, premium-quality produce with consistency 365 days a year to national grocers in the U.S. and Canada from more than nine million square feet of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) greenhouses in British Columbia and Texas, as well as from its partner greenhouses in British Columbia, Ontario and Mexico. The Company is now leveraging its 30 years of experience as a vertically integrated grower for the rapidly emerging global cannabis opportunity through its 50% ownership of British Columbia-based Pure Sunfarms Corp., one of the single largest cannabis growing operations in the world. The Company also intends to pursue opportunities to become a vertically integrated leader in the U.S. hemp-derived CBD market, subject to compliance with all applicable U.S. federal and state laws, Village Farms has established a joint venture, Village Fields Hemp USA, LLC, for multi-state outdoor hemp cultivation and CBD extraction and plans to pursue controlled environment hemp production at its Texas greenhouse operations, which total 5.7 million square feet of production area, subject to legalization of hemp in Texas.
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