by David Downs
The legal production of industrial hemp in California made progress in the form of two bills recently introduced in our state legislature.
Sen. Mark Leno drafted SB 566, a revision of a hemp bill that was introduced last year but shot down by Governor Brown. Leno's latest bill does not set up a pilot program, but authorizes general cultivation of industrial hemp.
AB 1137, introduced by Orange County Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, also authorizes industrial hemp cultivation under the state Deptartment of Agriculture, and is based on the 2006 bill AB 1147, which was passed by legislature but vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
Both bills would revise the definition of marijuana to exclude industrial hemp and authorize its production with the provision that its potency not exceed 0.3 percent THC.