June 18th, 2009 – SALEM – A bill allowing production and possession of industrial hemp on Oregon farms has cleared the Legislature’s 750px-Flag_of_Oregonsvg-1budget-writing committee and was on the Senate floor at press deadline.

Bill sponsor Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said he believes the bill will pass both chambers.

Further, Prozanski said he believes the Obama administration is poised to remove federal roadblocks to hemp production.

Prozanski said several elements combined behind Senate Bill 676 this session.

Lawmakers are better educated over the benefits of hemp, he said. Canada now actively produces industrial hemp. And several states have in recent years legalized the production.

“It will pass,” Prozanski said of the bill. “I am going to be shocked if it doesn’t.”

Oregon would become the 15th state to legalize industrial hemp production if the bill is passed and signed into law.

By Mitch Lies. Source.

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