LOCAL Complications Abound For Hemp Farming In Northwest

WASHINGTON:  Hemp advocates have launched a renewed bid to make hemp farming lawful in Washington state.

The non-drug variety of the cannabis plant has already been legalized in Oregon and California, but it is not commercially grown there yet.

Local boutiques and natural food stores sell a wide variety of products made from imported hemp oil, fibers or seeds. Federal drug law forbids the cultivation of the actual plant here due to its close relation to marijuana.

Broker and consultant Joy Beckerman Maher of Edmonds, Washington, told state senators that means missed opportunities for farmers.


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