Moses Lake Farm First to Grow Legal Hemp in Washington
A farm in Moses Lake is the first to grow legal hemp in Washington State even though it is still a federally controlled substance. It is legal with close supervision on this new crop that could mean big business for farmers in Washington State. Shane Palmer is the farmer experimenting with over 75 acres of cannabis grown for hemp on part of the 3,000 acre farm his family owns near Moses Lake according to news reports. He grows corn, peas, bluegrass seed, hay and buckwheat and hopes that hemp can be the next big thing.
Federal law still treats marijuana and hemp exactly the same but the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to make hemp production legal with state supervision and regulation. There have been very few licenses giving out for hemp and all the hemp grown in Washington needs to be processed here also. Hemp can be used for many different products like textiles and building materials or the seeds can be eaten raw or used as ingredients.