Wilk’s Industrial Hemp Bill Unanimously Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announced the passage of his Senate Bill 1409 (SB 1409) by the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

The measure updates current law to streamline the production of industrial hemp in California and allow California farmers to grow and produce non-intoxicating hemp for commercial and industrial uses.

Industrial hemp is an agriculture crop that is grown and processed throughout the world for thousands of consumer and food products including alternatives to fossil fuel and wood products.

Senate Bill 1409 brings California’s hemp laws up-to-date by allowing the pilot program to proceed as intended and by bringing the definition of industrial hemp in line with reality. Wilk added that the federal government has also initiated efforts to bring industrial hemp laws in to the 21st century by removing it from the federal controlled substances list and that measure will compliment his bill if it is successful in congress.

SB 1409 is double-referred and will now be heard in the Senate Public Safety committee.

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