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SB-676 Industrial hemp.(2011-2012)

Bill Status
Leno (S)
Industrial hemp.
An act to add Division 24 (commencing with Section 81000) to the Food and Agricultural Code, and to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
03/01/12 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/09/11 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/09/11 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/14/11 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/08/11 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 13. Page 2415.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 676 without my signature.

This measure would establish a pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in four counties in California.

Federal law clearly establishes that all cannabis plants, including industrial hemp, are marijuana, which is a federally regulated controlled substance. Failure to obtain a permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration prior to growing such plants will subject a California farmer to federal prosecution.

Although I am not signing this measure, I do support a change in federal law. Products made from hemp - clothes, food, and bath products - are legally sold in California every day. It is absurd that hemp is being imported into the state, but our farmers cannot grow it.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.