The Washington State House of Representatives has unanimously given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalize hemp.
House 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.
The bill must now be passed by the Senate before going to Governor Jay Inslee. Currently it is assigned to the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
House Bill 2064 is sponsored by Representatives Shea, Blake, Taylor, Condotta, Buys, Kloba and Ormsby. You can find the full text of the measure by clicking here.