On Friday companion bills were introduced in California’s Senate and Assembly that would legalize hemp production in the state. Senate Bill 566, and Assembly Bill 1137 were filed by Democratic Senator Mark Leno, and Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.
The measures makes note of the fact that the state imports “tens of thousands of acres’ worth of hemp seed, oil, and fiber products that could be produced by California farmers at a more competitive price.”
This measure comes at a critical time, as federal lawmakers in both chambers of America’s Legislature are discussing bipartisan legislation to end hemp prohibition.
Recent congressional research has shown hemp to be a market in America of over $400 million annually, and that hemp can be used to produce over 25,000 various products. Despite this, it remains illegal to actually grow hemp in the country, forcing us to import it from other nations.