WA Governor Vetoes Hemp Legalization Bill to Punish Legislators for Something Unrelated
In a perfect example of how to improperly run a state, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has vetoed 27 bills – over 70% of all legislation passed by the state’s legislature this session – to punish lawmakers for something unrelated; not passing a budget bill.
One of the measures vetoed by Inslee – Senate Bill 6206 – would have legalized the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, including directing Washington State University to study the plant. The measure was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives, and 48 to 1 in the Senate. Although the governor calls it a “worthy bill”, he vetoed it and says he can’t support it until “a budget agreement is reached”.
The Washington Farm Bureau has condemned Inslee’s actions, calling it an “overstepped power play”.
“Our current governor continues to show an uncanny ability to drive a wedge between his office and legislators,” the Farm Bureau said in a statement released after the governor’s vetoes.
Governor Inslee is up for reelection this November.