Hemp farmers in the state of Washington are up in arms about a proposed hike in state licensing fees. In order to cover the cost of the state’s hemp pilot program, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has proposed raising licensing fees by 2,400 percent, from $300 to $7,500. A spokesperson from the department insists regulators are fully aware that the increase in fees may discourage prospective hemp farmers, but that a lack of participation in the program has made the increase neccessary. According to The Capital Press, the licensed crop for the entire state of Washington will total to just 100 acres.
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