Washington State Hemp Freedom Act up for Hearing and Vote

By on April 4, 2013

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.

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  1. 420 College

    April 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I don’t even know how the heck did hemp become illegal in the first place.

    • racheal

      April 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      farmers! back in the 30’s people who made hemp were doing better than the farms that weren’t so they started a war on marijuana. lol pretty funny if you ask me, considering heroine use to be a cough syrup. they tell you its illegal because its dangerous but only idiots believe that. cigarettes and alcohol are much more dangerous.

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