Producing industrial hemp could become legal under a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield of Raymond. (TRT: 51) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Industrial hemp could be coming soon to fields in Washington state under a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield of Raymond. Hemp is used to make a variety of different products including food, clothing, beauty products, building materials, and bio-fuels. Sen. Brian Hatfield:

Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond: (TRT: 10 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “The fact that the recreational marijuana is now legal by voter initiative, but yet growing hemp, until we get a bill all the way to the governor’s desk, is illegal…that doesn’t make any sense.”

Senate Bill 5012 would create a path for the farming, production and sale of industrial hemp. Like marijuana, hemp comes from the cannabis plant but has a much lower THC content – the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high.

The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee on Tuesday. It could make an appearance on the Senate floor soon.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.