February 11, 2015

Bill to Effectively Nullify Federal Ban on Industrial Hemp Passes Washington State Committee, 7-0

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By a unanimous 7-0 vote today, a Washington state House committee approved a bill that would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.

House Bill 1552 (HB1552) was introduced by Rep. Matthew Shea (R-Spokane Valley) and fifteen co-sponsors. It not only designates industrial hemp as an “agricultural product” as Senate Bill 5012 (SB5012), a similar bill that recently passed the state Senate does, it also includes all the structural framework needed to get the hemp market up and running in the state.

“Industrial hemp is used in many ways, from hemp milk to hempcrete, which is a mold- and fire-resistant building material. Even our nation’s founding fathers grew hemp,” said Shea. “I introduced House Bill 1552 to legalize industrial hemp in Washington and create a new industry with jobs and a positive impact on our state’s economy.”

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