Washington removes industrial hemp from drug list

A bill passed this week by the state of Washington has removed industrial hemp from the state list of illegal drugs.

The state’s governor, Jay Inslee, said the bill will protect farmers and processors from federal interference. The measure affecting industrial hemp also included guidelines for edible marijuana products and licensed marijuana sellers. The law takes effect in July.

Washington last year established a pilot program for industrial hemp in response to supporters who say the crop could improve the economic fortunes of state farmers.

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