Washington House Votes 98 to 0 to Fully Legalize Hemp, No License Required

The Washington State House of Representatives has unanimously given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalize hemp.

hempHouse Bill 2064 would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.”

This would make hemp as legal as any other agricultural commodity such as tomatoes or corn. The measure establishes no specific licensing system, meaning anyone would be allowed to grow the crop without first registering with the state.

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Thailand Legalizes Hemp Farming

Thailand officials have legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp.

thailand“The Cabinet has already approved hemp as an economic plant,” says Sirinya Sittichai, secretary-general of the nation’s Narcotics Control Board.

According to Sittichai, hemp cultivation will be allowed in 15 districts in six provinces; these provinces are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phetchabun, Mae Hong Son and Tak.

All hemp being cultivated must contain no more than 1% THC.

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Federal Judge Lifts Ban on Tribal Member Growing Hemp in South Dakota

hempU.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken this week lifted an injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member (White Plume) from cultivating industrial hemp. The injunction has been in place for over a decade, since 2004.

According to Judge Viken, there has been a “shifting legal landscape” since the injunction was put in place, including severa states not only legalizing hemp, but legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Judge Viken also makes note of a federal change in law that took place in 2014, which allows the cultivation of hemp for resesearch purposes.

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Connecticut House Votes 142 to 2 to End Hemp Prohibition, Allow Unlicensed Cultivation

hemptennesseeConnecticut’s full House of Representatives has approved a bill to end hemp prohibition in its entirety, allowing farmers to cultivate the plant without the necessity of receiving a state license. The measure was approved with a drastic majority, 142 to 2.

House Bill 5780, filed by Representatives Melissa Ziobron (R-34) and Aundré Bumgardner (R-41), would “legalize industrial hemp by removing it from the state “marijuana” and “cannabis-type substances” definitions, thereby removing its status as a controlled substance”, according to an official summary of the bill. Thus, “the bill allows industrial hemp to be grown, used, and sold under state law”.

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Colorado Department of Agriculture Adopts Rules for Legal Hemp Production

The Colorado Department of Agriculture announced late this week that it has officially adopted the state’s first-ever rules and regulations for industrial hemphemphemp, following the state’s recent legalization of hemp production.

The new rules, which are in immediate effect, allows hemp producers to begin registering with the Department’s industrial hemp program beginning March 1st.

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