Schwarzenegger Vetoes Calif. Hemp Bill
Join Together October 4, 2006
A bill that would
have legalized cultivation of hemp in California
was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the
Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Oct. 3.
am very concerned that this bill would give
legitimate growers a false sense of security and
a belief that production of industrial hemp is
somehow a legal activity under federal law,"
said Schwarzenegger. Hemp, a cousin of
marijuana, is considered a controlled substance
under federal law.
Leno (D-San Francisco), who sponsored the hemp
bill, blasted the veto. "It's just another
example of myth and politics trumping science
and sound public policy," Leno said. "But we're
not through yet. We're not going to give up.
I'll probably try to introduce it again ... in
concerns that law-enforcement officers would
have problems distinguishing between hemp and
marijuana. "Marijuana grows 6 feet tall. Hemp
grows as high as 16 feet," said Leno. "People
plant marijuana 4 feet apart. Hemp is planted
inches from one another. I don't know what was
so difficult. They're two entirely different
plants we're talking about here."
North Dakota allows hemp to be grown