The Washington state house and senate just unanimously voted to legalize hemp in Washington!
HB 2064 reads:
AN ACT Relating to removing industrial hemp from the scope of the
2 uniform controlled substances act; and reenacting and amending RCW 69.50.101.
This is a really big deal for Washington! This bill has passed the Senate and House unanimously and now is awaiting Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. This law has some serious implications, read below.
Govorner Inslee signed this bill on April 27, 2017 and the bill goes into effect on July 23rd, 2017.
We at Kush Tourism are really excited about the prospect of hemp in the short and long term, but the industry response has been mostly wait and see. Bob Ramstad of Oz Seattle, a local retail shop, said, “The hemp thing will take years to figure out. On the one hand, some outdoor growers will probably end up having concerns about having seeds in their weed. On the other hand, the more normalization for cannabis, the better, and once we see some big landowners farming hemp, it will naturally help with efforts to make cannabis recognized as agriculture, as it’s the same plant.”
Recreational marijuana, i-502 market, is highly regulate, and this law allows anyone to grow industrial hemp in their back yards. Maybe one day there will be endless fields of hemp cleaning the air and producing fiber and other products right here in Washington! Normalization of cannabis is happening!
Outdoor farms may have a big problem on their hands. These producers are going to have issues with contamination from male spores/pollen. This means that outdoor sensimilla, spanish for “without seed,” may cease to exist in the state. At a minimum it will cost more because it will be harder to create.
If Washington can position itself as the leader of the hemp industry in the US, travelers from across the country will be visiting to see how we did it. People will want to know what a legal large scale hemp industry looks like, and how they can bring back a similar model to their state! Let the learning begin. I can’t wait to plant some in the back yard this summer.