California industrial hemp cultivation is almost a reality. California’s Senate bill 566 was just given the green light by California’s full assembly – a bill which intends to legalize the industrial cultivation of the much-maligned hemp plant. Previously approved by the Senate, SB 566 will now make the long journey back for the final Senate agreement – before heading off to Gov. Brown’s desk for his signature.
“Industrial hemp, which is already found in hundreds of consumer products manufactured in our state, is a perfect crop for California,” proclaimed Sen. Mark Leno, one of the main backers of this economically vital bill, “it has great potential to revitalize family farms, create new jobs and stimulate the economy.”
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The California hemp initiative – co-authored by Alan Monsoor, a Republican assemblyman, would stimulate the economy by making industrial hemp cultivation legal within California state law. Currently, 19 freethinking states have cultivated and passed hemp legislation, with 9 states allowing for its industrial production. While eight states, including Kentucky have already passed legislation calling for intensive research of the hemp plant.
“Hemp grown right here in California would stimulate massive growth in the food, body care, textiles building and other crucial sectors that suffer from having to import less efficient materials in lieu of this lucrative industrial crop,” proclaimed the president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap - David Bronner, who has contributed countless hours, thousands of dollars, and a lifetime of effort to try and legalize the hemp plant in the United States.
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With hypocrisy as the rule of the day – our own Congressional research indicates that America imports nearly $500 million in hemp related products from other countries on an annual basis. However, demonstrating America’s infinite wisdom, we continue to maintain a prohibition on industrial hemp cultivation. Despite data from their own report which suggests that there over 25,000 potential products that could be manufactured once domestic hemp cultivation is permissible.