Senate Bill 5012, put forth by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, would allow for the unlicensed cultivation of industrial hemp, and would direct Washington State University to study the crop, with a report due to the Legislature by January 14th, 2016.
Under SB 5012 – which has been placed in the House Commerce & Gaming Committee after being approved unanimously by the Senate – hemp would become an “agricultural product that may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state.” This could be done without a license, though the hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC.
According to congressional research released in 2013, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries (primarily Canada and China) while retaining the illegality of its cultivation amongst its own farmers. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products.
We urge supporters of legal hemp cultivation to contact members of the House Commerce & Gamin Committee – their information can be found by clicking here – and ask them to vote “YES” on Senate Bill 5012!
If approved by the committee, and the full House of Representatives, SB 5012 will be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.