California Governor Signs Senator Leno’s Industrial Hemp Bill

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation that allows California farmers to be prepared to grow industrial hemp upon federal approval. Senate Bill 566, authored by Senator Mark Leno, would permit growers in the Golden State to cultivate industrial hemp for the sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers and businesses that currently rely on international imports for raw hemp products. The bill, which is co-authored by Assemblymember Allan Monsoor, R-Costa Mesa, would allow cultivation once the recent announcements from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder allowing states to regulate cannabis are clarified to include hemp.
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