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Washington State Hemp Freedom Act up for Hearing and Vote
by TAC Updates
On Thursday, April 4th at 1:30PM, the Washington State House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government will hold a hearing on HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The bill previously passed the committee on Government Accountability & Oversight by a vote of 8-0.
Sponsored by Representative Matt Shea (R), along with Christopher Hurst (D), Cary Condotta (R), Jeff Holy (R), David Taylor (R) and Jason Overstreet (R), the Hemp Freedom Act would “permit the development in Washington of an industrial hemp industry.” The federal government lacks the constitutional authority to regulate the production of hemp, or any agricultural product, within a state’s borders, and HB1888 rests on solid ground.
Hemp is a major product worldwide, and is widely used in the United States in food products, clothing, oils and more. It can be a competitor to the oil, cotton, and paper industries (and many more), which is a likely reason why the federal government refuses to budge on its view that no one in the US should produce it. The results? The United States is the world’s #1 importer of hemp. The top 2 exporters are China and Canada.