Washington Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp Farming as Oregon Starts Writing Permits

The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to make hemp farming legal. The measure now goes to the state House for further consideration.

State Sen. Brian Hatfield said the plant cousin of marijuana has “tremendous potential” as a crop.

“This is legalizing hemp, which is the non-drug form,” he said. “Once Initiative 502 passed, that opened marijuana up for recreational use. It certainly, I think, makes sense to most of us that hemp be legal in the state.”

Hemp crops yield oil, fiber and seeds that can be processed into a wide variety of consumer products.

Oregon lawmakers approved hemp farming in 2009, but it took until this week for the Oregon Department of Agriculture to begin accepting applications for grower and handler permits.

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