California: Legislature Approves Hemp Cultivation Bill

Sacramento, CA: The California legislature this week approved legislation recognizing industrial hemp as an “agricultural field crop” and establishing regulations governing its cultivation by state-authorized farmers. The bill, AB 1147 (The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act), now awaits final approval from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

Under the proposal, authorized farmers and researchers would be allowed to cultivate non-psychoactive varieties of cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC for industrial purposes, such as fiber content and seed stock. Farmers in Canada, the European Union and elsewhere currently grow hemp commercially as an agricultural commodity for a variety of consumer products, including food.

According to a 2005 Congressional Research Service report, “The United States is the only developed nation in which industrial hemp is not an established crop.”

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