On Thursday, April 4th at 1:30PM, the Washington State House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government will hold a hearing on HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act. The bill previously passed the committee on Government Accountability & Oversight by a vote of 8-0.
Sponsored by Representative Matt Shea (R), along with Christopher Hurst (D), Cary Condotta (R), Jeff Holy (R), David Taylor (R) and Jason Overstreet (R), the Hemp Freedom Act would “permit the development in Washington of an industrial hemp industry.” The federal government lacks the constitutional authority to regulate the production of hemp, or any agricultural product, within a state’s borders, and HB1888 rests on solid ground.
Hemp is a major product worldwide, and is widely used in the United States in food products, clothing, oils and more. It can be a competitor to the oil, cotton, and paper industries (and many more), which is a likely reason why the federal government refuses to budge on its view that no one in the US should produce it. The results? The United States is the world’s #1 importer of hemp. The top 2 exporters are China and Canada.
The Tenth Amendment Center encourages your immediate support to help HB1888 pass out of committee so it can be considered by the full state house.
1. Call ALL the members of the subcommittee. Strongly, but respectfully, urge a YES vote on HB1888. Let them know that Washington farmers are struggling, and that the economy needs this boost. And, of course, for those who consider liberty to be important, they’ll already understand that part of the message.
Hudgins, Zack (D) (360) 786-7956
Parker, Kevin (R) (360) 786-7922
Buys, Vincent (R) (360) 786-7854
Chandler, Bruce (R) (360) 786-7960
Dunshee, Hans (D) (360) 786-7804
Hunt, Sam (D) (360) 786-7992
Pedersen, Jamie (D) (360) 786-7826
Springer, Larry (D) (360) 786-7822
2. Attend the hearingcDetails