Two Houses Made from Hemp Built in Bellingham, Washington

Pam Bosch in the process of building one of her hemp homes.
Pam Bosch in the process of building one of her hemp homes.

In an example of how diverse the plant can be, Pam Bosch, a resident of Bellingham, Washington, has built two small houses made almost entirely out of hemp.

Bosch, who has never built a house before, is using hemp herd, which she says is like straw but “stronger”, and is using lime mixed with hemp for plaster.

“Anybody can do this,” says Bosch. “Grandma can do it. Grandma’s doing it.”

“We need to be building this way,” Bosch told King 5, who used hemp imported from Europe. “We should have as many buildings as we can that are built out of a renewable resource that sequesters carbon, that is healthy and if it were legal would be very affordable. It’s an agricultural waste product we’re using.”

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Washington State Stops Testing Parolees for Cannabis

In a move that many will find surprising, Washington State’s Department of Corrections has stopped testing paroleesdrugtest for cannabis, effectively allowing the roughly 14,000 individuals on parole in the state to consume cannabis without consequence. The move is made possible by the recent legalization of cannabis in the state, passed by voters in 2012 through a citizen’s initiative.

“We’re putting some changes into effect so that we won’t routinely test offenders in the community for THC,” Annmarie Aylward, assistant secretary for the Department of Corrections, told King 5 last month, right before the implementation of the new change. “We don’t want them held to that level when, as a citizen, you wouldn’t be held to that level either”.

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