Hemp Bill Gets Vetoed in California
Despite Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of a bill that would permit industrial hemp farming in California, proponents to make hemp a mainstream cash crop are not discouraged. Often undervalued because of its unnecessary association with Marijuana, hemp is a highly diverse plant used in many common products (body care, clothing, rope, paper, food etc.) and valued for its highly nutritive benefits. Governor Schwarzenegger, however, seems to think that importing millions of dollars worth of hemp products from Canada, China and Europe is the better thing to do rather than save his constituents (the majority of whom support industrialized hemp in California) import costs, which they currently pay. It was hoped that California would follow the lead of North Dakota, where legislation was recently passed to mandate guidelines for growing industrialized hemp. The bill in California would have set up a five year pilot program in five counties, where the impact of hemp crops on the State's economy, and potential negative effects would be assessed.