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March 2001

Bill Would Make Hemp Legal


On Tuesday, February 20, 2001, Assembly Member Virginia Strom-Martin introduced Assembly Bill 848 into the California Legislature to renew the legal status of Industrial Hemp for commercial production in the State of California.

The bill would add Division 26 to the Food and Agricultural Code providing that any person who meets specified requirements and is issued a license by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture shall be authorized to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp for commercial purposes.

The bill would define "industrial hemp" to mean all parts and varieties of the plant cannabis sativa that contain a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of 3/10 of 1% (.003), or less, by weight. The bill would require the applicant for licensure to submit an application to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture.

More information is available from the offices of Assembly Member Virginia Strom-Martin in Sacramento at (916) 319-2001 and in Santa Rosa at (707) 576-2526. Information is also available on Industrial Hemp at .

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