Schwarzenegger vetoes hemp bill, cites federal law |

Schwarzenegger vetoes hemp bill, cites federal law

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 684, The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, Sunday evening, rejecting the will of the vast majority of Californians who supported the legislation.

Schwarzenegger said he did so because hemp is considered marijuana under federal law and the act could have forced state law enforcement to deal with it as an illegal crop.

The landmark, bi-partisan legislation would have followed North Dakota in establishing guidelines for the farming of industrial hemp which is used in a wide variety of everyday consumer products, including food, body care, clothing, paper and auto parts.

The new law would have established a five-year pilot project in four counties to allow farmers to legally supply numerous California manufacturers that currently must import hemp raw materials (including seed, oil and fiber) from Canada and elsewhere.

Vote Hemp’s goal was to release California farmers from the over-reaching prohibition on industrial hemp cultivation and reintroduce the crop to the state. AB 684 would have allowed California to follow North Dakota’s lead and assert its right to regulate industrial hemp under the U.S. Constitution, the federal law and recent U.S. Circuit Court decisions.

The Governor’s veto message, along with additional background on the bill, can

be found online at:

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