California Senate Unanimously Approves Hemp Legalization

In a bipartisan, unanimous decision, California’s Senate has approved Senate Bill 566, a measure to legalize hemp. The proposal now heads to the state’shemp House, where its passage would put it to the governor for final consideration.

“The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act will create new jobs and economic opportunities for many farmers and manufacturers across California,” stated Senator Mark Leno, the bill’s prime sponsor, “Hundreds of consumer products containing hemp are made in the Golden State, but the manufacturers of these goods are forced to import hemp seed, oil, and fiber from growers in Canada, Europe, and China.

The proposal – similar to a law that was approved earlier this year in Kentucky – is designed to prepare California for the inevitable end to hemp prohibition on the federal level, something numerous federal lawmakers are working towards, including the Republican leaders of both the House and Senate.

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    • pebbles trippet` on June 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm
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    Gov Brown vetoed the hemp bill last time around, the reason being federal laws prohibit it. Here’s hoping he doesn’t use the same reasoning and do the same thing he did in 2012.

  1. The only reason pot is illegal is because they needed a reason to outlaw hemp, and hemp looks like pot so they made up the entire evil drug scenario.

    • Ron on June 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm
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    Hell yes! One of the most sustainable crops on the planet. The fact that it’s been illegal for so long is CRIMINAL. A testament to just how corrupt and monopolistic our oligarchical system truly is. This must change! Hopefully this is a sign of great things to come!!!

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm
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      A WIN WIN WIN for Californians on all economic levels. Start withdrawing special task force monies, monies to prosecute FARMERS. Etc. Whether it be corn, hemp, or even milk legalization! Colombia can keep their coke n weed. We will keep it local!

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