Thursday, February 20, 2014

Washington State house votes to nullify federal hemp ban, 97-0

Activist Post

Today, the Washington State House voted unanimously to approve HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The vote was 97-0.

Sponsored by Representative Matt Shea (R), along with Christopher Hurst (D), Cary Condotta (R), Jeff Holy (R), David Taylor (R) and Jason Overstreet (R), the Hemp Freedom Act would “permit the development in Washington of an industrial hemp industry,” effectively nullifying the de facto federal prohibition on the farming and production of hemp crops within the United States.

Introduced in February 2013, HB1888 was first passed by a House committee nearly a year ago.
Reintroduced by resolution for the short 2014 regular legislative session, it was sent to the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Information Technology for additional approval, where it passed 9-0 earlier this month.