Sacramento, CA — California farmers could legally grow industrial hemp under a bill approved by the state Senate that distinguishes hemp from another widely grown crop, marijuana.
The Senate debate brought a bumper crop of California stereotype jokes, several aimed at Republican lieutenant governor nominee Tom McClintock.
McClintock is an outspoken conservative. He says industrial hemp was improperly lumped into the definition of its illegal distant cousin in 1937 after it had been grown commercially for years by farmers including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
His legislation would require that the hemp crop be tested before harvesting to make sure it has only a trace amount of the drug in marijuana.