House Bill 2660 would authorizes the growing of industrial hemp “for certain purposes under specified conditions.”

The bill reads in part:

According to the preamble to California’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which was signed into law on September 27, 2013, industrial hemp is an agricultural crop produced in at least thirty nations, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Romania.  Industrial hemp is used by industry to produce thousands of products, including paper, textiles, food, oils, automotive parts, and personal care products. …

HB 2660’s sponsors are Reps. Mele Carroll, Derek Kawakami, Nicole Lowen, Dee Morikawa and Cynthia Thielen. It has been scheduled for a hearing Monday.


Photo: Hemp and bead jewelry. (deb roby)

—Chad Blair