Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Farming Bill

Upset over not receiving a state budget from lawmakers, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee last week vetoed a raft of 27 bills that had been sent to his desk, including a bipartisan measure in support of hemp farming.

The bill, which sailed through the legislature with just a single dissenting vote in the Senate, would have created a research program that policymakers could have used to evaluate the further buildup of hemp production. It would have licensed farmers and overseen cultivation, according to Capital Press.

Inslee, however, decided to punish lawmakers for failing to agree on a budget for the state. Inslee even went so far as to call the hemp bill “worthy,” but said in a statement, “Until a budget agreement is reached, I cannot support this bill.”

Hopeful hemp farmers can remain optimistic, however – Capital Press noted that the legislature can simply repass the same bill during a new 30-day legislative session that convened March 11.

2 comments on “Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Farming Bill
  1. numbnuts on



    Make some calls and get SB 6177 – the research bill, SB 6341 – which will allow promotional items by cannabis producers, and SB 6206 – the industrial hemp bill passed AGAIN.

    Please spread this message far and wide!

    Step 1: Contact your legislator and ask them to pass the substance of the three bills: SB 6177, SB 6341 and SB 6206. They were important bills and they need to get back to the Governor’s desk. Legislative Hotline: 1 (800) 562 – 6000

    Step 2: Call Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler (360) 786-7620 and House Speaker Frank Chopp: (360) 786 – 7920

    And if you REALLY want to go the extra mile please also….

    Step 3: Call the Governor’s office and ask him to sign these three bills into law when he receives them again. Governor’s Office: (360) 902-4111

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