Mar 152016
 March 15, 2016

industrial hemp farming bill obamaHemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. More and more states are reforming their hemp laws to either allow full cultivation, or at least cultivation for research purposes. Right now the United States has to import hemp products from other countries, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Those dollars should be going to American farmers, many of which have expressed a strong desire to grow hemp.

A hemp research legalization bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Washington House and Senate, but the bill was vetoed by Washington’s Governor, and for a very dumb reason. Per The Joint Blog:

In a perfect example of how to improperly run a state, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has vetoed 27 bills – over 70% of all legislation passed by the state’s legislature this session – to punish lawmakers for something unrelated; not passing a budget bill.

One of the measures vetoed by Inslee – Senate Bill 6206 – would have legalized the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, including directing Washington State University to study the plant. The measure was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives, and 48 to 1 in the Senate. Although the governor calls it a “worthy bill”, he vetoed it and says he can’t support it until “a budget agreement is reached”.

I’m hopeful that since the bill passed unanimously in the House, and almost unanimously in the Senate, that the Washington Legislature will step up and re-pass this bill once Washington’s Governor quits being such a grump. I get that the Governor is not happy, but he needs to realize that he shouldn’t bite off the nose to spite the face.

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  • SilentPatriot

    Inslee is an a-hole.

  • Doc Deadhead

    I guess he doesn’t want to do another term.

    Vote his ass out!

    BTW, why do we need to do research on the oldest grow crop in the world?

    There is no “research” needed, ya puts da seeds in da ground and dey grow.

    Research concluded.

    Allowing Universities to do research on hemp is akin to researching why lawn grass grows or why oak trees have acorns, it makes no sense at all.

    Hemp is currently grow as an agriculture crop in dozens of countries, if you want answers to your research just ask someone that has been growing it for generations.

  • Jon

    Just being spiteful and childish. The governor clearly has no issues with this bill other than the fact that the House supports it.

  • Closet Warrior

    More Timber Baron entities pushing their agendas w/payoffs. If you know your marijuana prohibition history then you will know that the timber barons of the northwest joined up w/Anslinger on the reefer madness era as to ensure job security and no competition from the mighty hemp plant that can produce so much more than just lumber and paper, w/finance as their crime and Anslinger’s was being a hypocrite from not seeing it as a danger to public enemy number one in the blink of a deal. Same old shit still happening today!!!

  • P H

    He is too stupid to realize this could actually help the state coffers now and in the future?
    God! We’re a dumb country!

  • Tom

    His veto has nothing to do with the merits of this bill. It was an attempt to put pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to get a court mandated public school funding bill through the special session. I am positive that he has every intent of eventually signing this bill. Keep your powder dry!