AB 1147 is not the biggest bill of this legislative session, but it is one of the most intriguing — and most fun.
Start with its purpose: to legalize the growing of hemp, a cousin of marijuana — both members of the notorious cannabis family.
Their bill would sanction the growing of hemp in California for sale within the state, but forbid interstate commerce of "viable" seeds — those that can germinate — in an effort to keep the feds from nosing around. No doubt federal courts ultimately would sort it all out.
"There's no more THC in hemp than the poppy seed on your bagel has opium," asserts Leno. "Beyond that, industrial hemp is marijuana's natural eradicator." Cross-pollination with hemp takes the kick out of pot, experts report.