Governor Vetoes Hemp Measure in Washington State

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a measure that would have started up hemp growing in the state by authorizing the Washington State Department of Agriculture to authorize select farmers to grow the plant for research purposes.

Under the measure, Washington State University would have been responsible for analysis looking at whether officials should “encourage and support the development of an industrial hemp industry in the state of Washington.”

Inslee gave no direct explanation for vetoing the measure, which had passed the State Senate by a 48-1, and which House members had passed on a 97-0 vote.

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