While the bill is a great start, I'm a bit disappointed that hemp will be restricted to five California counties only and will not permit small backyard garden growing of industrial hemp. But it does make sense to focus the industry in a specific geographic area to start because sharing of expertise, equipment and processing facilities will be key to making the crop economically viable.
The next step required is approval by the state Assembly and since they passed this bill twice in the last few years, it is likely that it will pass again and will then be forwarded to Jerry Brown for his signature.
Source: LA Times Blogs
May 31, 2011
The following copy on the same topic is from The Weed Blog: