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Industrial hemp pilot study begins in Whatcom County

Medical Marijuana Posted May 29 2014

Industrial hemp pilot study begins in Whatcom County
Washington state legislators have their eyes and pens on a new cash crop. It’s cannabis – but not recreational marijuana."Honestly I was a little skeptical about, 'What is this?'" explained Rep. Vincent Buys.Rep. Buys (R-Lynden) kept an open mind and later decided industrial hemp might be exactly what his farmland covered district needs. "You name it and they produce the seeds," he said about Skagit Valley.

One seed farmers can’t produce right now, however, is industrial hemp

The most recent federal Farm Bill allows for its growth in states where an academic research institution is studying the plant. WSU has been selected as that institution, but Washington State must also pass legislation for farmers to cultivate the crop.

Two bills recently proposed never made it to a final vote due to time constraints.

Rep. Buys plans to sponsor a new bill in the 2015 session.

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