My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
A bill passed this week by the state of Washington has removed industrial hemp from the state list of illegal drugs.
The state’s governor, Jay Inslee, said the bill will protect farmers and processors from federal interference. The measure affecting industrial hemp also included guidelines for edible marijuana products and licensed marijuana sellers. The law takes effect in July.
Washington last year established a pilot program for industrial hemp in response to supporters who say the crop could improve the economic fortunes of state farmers.