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.

The proposal must now be passed by one more committee before it can be vote on by the full Senate; passage by the Senate would send it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.

House Bill 2064 is sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of seven representatives. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

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