Washington Hemp Legalization Bill Signed by Governor

Legislation that legalizes industrial hemp has been signed into law by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

House Bill 2064 passed the House of Representatives at the end of February with a vote of 98 to 0, and earlier this month passed the Senate with a unanimous 49 to 0 vote. Yesterday it was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee.

The new law excludes industrial hemp “from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.” The proposal establishes no regulatory framework or specific guideliens (such as grow or age limits), but simply makes hemp legal.

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Washington Legislature Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp with No License Required, No Grow Limits

Legislation to legalize hemp with no license required and no grow limits has been passed by Washington’s full legislature.

House Bill 2064 passed the House of Representatives at the end of February with a vote of 98 to 0. Today, the measure passed the Senate with a unanimous 49 to 0 vote. This sends it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration; Inslee has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it. It’s highly unlikely Inslee would veto the measure, but if he did the legislature could override it with a two thirds vote.

If the measure does become law, as expected, it would exclude industrial hemp “from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.” Given that the measure establishes no regulatory framework, this would allow hemp to be grown in a manner similar to other agricultural commodities with no license required, and with no limit on the size of the crop.

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Washington Measure to Legalize Hemp with No License Required Advances

A legislative proposal to explicitly legalize hemp has advanced in the Washington State Legislature.

House Bill 2064 has been placed on a second reading in the Senate by the Senate Rules Committee; if passed through its second reading, and then a final third reading, it will be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration. This advancement comes less than two weeks after the proposal was given unanimous approval by the Senate Law & Justice Committee, and roughly a month after it was passed unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives.

The proposed law would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.” This would allow hemp to be grown in a manner similar to other agricultural commodities; with no license required, and with no limit on the size of the crop.

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Washington Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed Unanimously by Senate Committee, Already Passed Full House

Legislation that would explicitly legalize hemp in Washington State has been passed by its initial Senate committee.

hempHouse Bill 2064 was given unanimous approval this morning by the Senate Law & Justice Committee. Earlier this month it was passed unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives.

If passed into law, the measure would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.” This would legalize hemp in a manner similar to other agricultural crops such as tomatoes, as in their would be no limit on the amount grown, and no license required to begin cultivation.

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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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Washington State Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Industrial-HempLegislation to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp in Washington has been given approval by the state’s Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development, and has been sent to the floor of the Senate by the Rules Committee.

Under the proposed law – Senate Bill 6206 – the Washington State Department of Agriculture would oversee licensing and regulations for the hemp industry, with those wanting to cultivate the plant required to receive a license from the Department. The bill would also direct Washington State University to study the “feasibility and desirability” of industrial hemp in the state.

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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 House Committee Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp Cultivation

Washington’s House Committee on Commerce and Gaming has unanimously approved a bill to legalize the productionhempfield and cultivation of industrial hemp.

Specifically, the bill “Allows industrial hemp to be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state”. Farmers wanting to cultivate the plant would be required to maintain 0.3% THC or less in all of their crops.

Senate Bill 5012 has already been approved by the state’s full Senate with a unanimous 49 to 0 vote, though it was amended in committee to establish a regulatory framework where licenses to cultivate hemp are distributed by the state’s Department of Agriculture.

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Bill to Allow Unlicensed Hemp Cultivation Receives Unanimous Approval by WA Senate

Washingtonhempplants State’s Senate has given unanimous approval to legislation that would explicitly allow the unlicensed cultivation of hemp. The proposal also directs Washington State University to study industrial hemp production, with a report to be given to the state’s Legislature by January 14th, 2016.

Under Senate Bill 5012, hemp will become an “agricultural product that may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state.” This can be done without a license, though the hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC.

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