Farmers in California may finally begin growing industrial hemp under a new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Lawmakers have been discussing the proposal since 1999 to allow approved residents to grow hemp for industrial purposes by reclassifying the plant as a fiber or oilseed crop.
Similar bills have been vetoed four times by three different California governors over concerns about federal laws outlawing industrial hemp, which is considered no different from marijuana under U.S. law.
But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government won’t interfere with states that permit the possession or regulation of marijuana.
California lawmakers have said industrial hemp should obviously be permitted, since it’s not even technically a drug.
Governor Moonbeam is working out quite well for my state the second time around! Probably better than the first time.