Wednesday, June 5, 2013

California Senate Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

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Phillip Smith
Activist Post

A bill that would set up provisions for growing industrial hemp in the Golden State passed the state Senate Tuesday on a unanimous vote. It now heads to the state Assembly.

The current bill, Senate Bill 566, was written to assuage the concerns Brown expressed in his 2011 veto message. It will not take effect until hemp production is authorized under federal law. Hemp bills have passed out of the legislature in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011, only to fall prey to gubernatorial vetoes. Vetoes have come under both Democratic and Republican governors, with Gov. Jerry Brown vetoing the most recent bill because hemp production remains illegal under federal law.

"The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act will create new jobs and economic opportunities for many farmers and manufacturers across California," said sponsor Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). "Hundreds of consumer products containing hemp are made in the Golden State, but the manufacturers of these goods are forced to import hemp seed, oil, and fiber from growers in Canada, Europe, and China. This new bill is carefully crafted to eliminate conflicts with federal law and has the support of the California State Sheriffs' Association."


"The prospects for SB 566 are very good. Unlike past industrial hemp bills, this session's version does not go into effect until it is authorized by federal law," said Patrick Goggin, California legal counsel for the industry group Vote Hemp. "We feel confident that California will finally have an industrial hemp law later this year ensuring that California farmers are ready and able to cultivate hemp upon federal approval."

Domestic retail sales of hemp food and body care products reached $156 million last year, and the Hemp Industries Association estimates that all hemp products sales, including clothing, auto parts, and building materials, totaled at least $500 million.

Companies that use hemp in their products, such as Escondido-based Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, currently have to import it because of the federal ban on hemp production.

"Dr. Bronner's currently purchases twenty tons of hemp oil each year from Canada. We look forward to the day that we can meet our supply needs from hemp produced right here in our home state," said company president David Bronner.

Now, Bronner and other hemp entrepreneurs are one step closer to that day.

This article first appeared at StopTheDrugWar.org.  Please visit and support them to help end prohibition.


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i live in SoCal...and in their wise legislation creation of this latest Hemp law...we will wait for Federal law for permission to grow a plant? The Feds should go smoke their bs jurisdiction...Hemp is not Marijuana...

As a city boy, there are two ideas in farming i would love to do..Aquaponics AND Hemp farming...BOTH quite productive and Green...
I say why not legally challenge the current federal law on hemp production...and start making California astronger agricultural and with hemp, start producing good products from clothing to plastics...

California may be a Liberal (not a Jeffersonian definition here) state full of MFers in government who steal and chase good business out of state...BUT, I am a CALIFORNIAN...and will do my part within the belly of the BEAST!

Anonymous said...

lol is this bill a joke or what. 'if the fed's approve it' which basically means 'never', what we need is dissolve the feds and let the states manages themselves

Anonymous said...

Exactly, Anonymous. Why the fuck are they waiting for the Federal Government to 'approve' it? Hemp never hurt anyone, unless you're counting the people who've hung themselves with the rope or... maybe the cotton growers and oil speculators or.. heck, maybe even politicians who have invested so much in that last group.

Yeah. It'll never pass.

California needs to then pursue practicing nullification of the original law for hemp. Fuck the Fed. They don't have Californian's best interest in mind. Californians know what is in their best interest.



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