No help for hemp in Washington budget proposal

Hemp is planted June 6 in Grant County, Wash., the first year cultivating the crop was legal in the state under the 2014 Farm Bill. It may be the last unless the Legislature throws the young industry a lifeline.

The budget Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will submit to the 2018 Legislature does not include money to save the state’s hemp program.

The state Department of Agriculture says it needs $287,000 to oversee hemp cultivation in 2018 and 2019. Lawmakers could still provide the infusion of cash. But as part of the Inslee administration, WSDA won’t lobby for the money.

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