The California State Senate voted 22-14. May 31st, 2011 to pass SB-676 which would allow farming of industrial hemp for industrial purposes in Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin and Yolo counties of California.
The law still faces a vote in the House of Representatives and must be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown by September 2011 before it will become law. The bill is being sponsored by California Senator Mark Leno who has championed this issue for California farmers and the agriculture economy of the state. The new law will only allow Agricultural Hemp Farming (Industrial Hemp) in five counties to allow farmers to legally supply numerous California manufacturers that currently must import hemp raw materials including hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp foods and hemp oils. Hemp construction materials like hempcrete similar to concrete and hemp fiber board all to build homes with. Fashion materials can be made, from hemp t-shirts to hemp fabrics and hemp yarns. Currently all imported from Canada and China.