Saturday, September 28, 2013

Big hemp news from California

"Hemp Leaf" by Ezra S., 7/10

Mazel tov! After a decades-long ban, hemp, aka the non-psychoactive sister of marijuana, is now legal to farm again in California.

Hemp can be used to make everything from food, fuel, fibre, fabric, paper, paint, pretzels, plastic, soap, rope, concrete and coats... And a lot, lot more.

From this SF Bay Guardian article: "The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (SB 566) was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, after years of deliberation dating back to 1999, a process that included multiple gubernatorial vetoes. The freshly signed law will allow approved California residents to grow hemp for industrial purposes by reclassifying the once-felonious plant as a "fiber or oilseed crop."

Right on, California!


Update: There is one big caveat to all this... Federal approval. Here's more on that from the Huffington Post.

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