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175 acres of hemp were grown in Washington state last year

On this page you will find the most current Washington hemp law along with a history of how Washington hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years.  We also provide links to important information concerning Washington hemp programs and state agency advisories or opinion letters. Our goal is to keep the public, media and policy makers informed on each states status concerning hemp law and policy.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture industrial hemp program page contains updates on the development of state hemp regulations.

Washington State Hemp Law & Legislation

2016
HB 1552

Relating to industrial hemp; amending RCW 69.50.204; 2 adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.

SB 6206

Relating to authorizing the growing of industrial hemp; 2 adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.

STATUS: Vetoed by Gov. Inslee on March 10th 2016. Veto overridden by the legislature on March 28th, 43-0 (Senate) and March 29th, 88-6 (House). Effective Date June 28, 2016.

2015
HB 1268

Relating to hemp as a component of commercial animal feed; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Inslee on April 25th 2015

HB 1552

Legalizes industrial hemp and removes it from coverage under the state Controlled Substances Act. Designates industrial hemp as an agricultural product which may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded. Establishes regulations designed to ensure that the THC content of industrial hemp grown in this state is consistent with international standards. Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses for the growing of industrial hemp and to regulate the industrial hemp industry. Creates standards and requirements that a grower must meet in order to be an industrial hemp grower. Imposes a fee on growers to cover regulatory costs. Creates an industrial hemp account in the State Treasury that is funded by licensing fees. Authorizes the Washington State University to undertake research regarding industrial hemp production.

SB 5012

Allows industrial hemp to be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state. Does not create requirement for state licensing or regulation of the crop. Authorizes Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

2014
HB 1888

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; adding a new chapter to Title; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.

SB 5222

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; and creating new sections. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

SB 5954

Permits the development of an industrial hemp industry and ensures that production of industrial hemp is in compliance with state law and federal guidelines. Authorizes Washington State University to undertake research of industrial hemp production in the state, after receiving a license to grow hemp from the director of the department of agriculture. Creates the industrial hemp account.

SB 6214

Requires the department of agriculture to establish a licensing program to allow persons to grow industrial hemp in this state. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in this state. Creates the industrial hemp account. Provides a contingent effective date for this act.

2013
SB 5222

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; and creating new sections. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

HB 1888

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; adding a new chapter to Title; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.

HB 2056

Correcting the definition of THC concentration as adopted by Initiative Measure No. 502 to avoid an implication that conversion, by combustion, of tetrahydrocannabinol acid into delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is not part of the THC content that differentiates marijuana from hemp.

2012
Initiative Measure No. 502

Relating to marijuana; amending RCW 69.50.101, 69.50.401, 69.50.4013, 69.50.412, 69.50.4121, 69.50.500, 46.20.308, 46.61.502, 46.61.504, 46.61.50571, and 46.61.506; reenacting and amending RCW 69.50.505, 46.20.3101, and 46.61.503; adding a new section to chapter 46.04 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 69.50 RCW; creating new sections; and prescribing penalties.

Initiatve 502 defined marijuana to exclude Cannabis of 0.3% THC or less so it is no longer a controlled substance under state law.

STATUS: Initiative 502 was passed by the voters on 11/6/2012

Download the text of Washington State Initiative 502 as presented to voters (PDF file 324k)
Washington State Liquor Control Board I-502 FAQs (PDF file)
New Approach Washington Backgrounder – I-502 and Industrial Hemp (PDF file 324k)
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