Washington House OKs Bill Creating Industrial Hemp Business

Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed Monday by the House.

House Bill 1888 received unanimous support in the House and now heads to the Senate. The measure authorizes the director of the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to grow industrial hemp. The department would be designated as the sole source and supplier of seeds used for industrial-hemp production. Hemp is used to make a variety of different products, including clothing, food, beauty products and biofuels.

“It’s fitting that on Presidents Day we can recognize that the first three presidents of this country — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — all grew hemp crops,” said Republican Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane, the sponsor of the measure.

Shea noted that Washington state currently imports hemp from other countries, and he said that legalizing industrial hemp in the state “means hundreds of jobs.”

– Read the entire article at Seattle Post-Intelligence.

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