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California Hemp Law

Laws Authorizing Commercial Hemp Cultivation

Year Passed: 2013
Summary: Senate Bill 566 reclassifies industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity; establishes regulations for licensed cultivation of the crop, but requires authorization from the federal government before such cultivation can move forward.

Laws and Resolutions Authorizing Hemp Research

Year Passed: 1999
Summary: The California Assembly approved House Resolution 32 resolving the Legislature "consider action to revise the legal status of industrial hemp to allow for its growth in California." This legislation also advises the Legislature "consider directing the University of California, the California State University, and other state agencies to prepare studies in conjunction with private industry on the cultivation, processing and marketing of industrial hemp." No state study appears to have been completed.