Open Letter To Hemp Supporters from Kentucky KateSubmitted by kentuckykate on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 16:21
Good afternoon Daily Paulers! This is my first time posting to the DP, although I've been reading this page since the very beginning, back in the 08' campaign. Just as a little background, I've been a Ron Paul fan since 07, when his videos woke me up and I met a bunch of Liberty Lovers here in KY, who educated me and tempered my fiery passion for freedom into something a little more...shall we say....useful?
Since waking up, I've worked on Ron's campaign, Rand's campaign, and countless Liberty candidates and/or Tea Party candidates in Kentucky. I've worked on gun legislation, property rights, campaign finance, and food freedom issues with much pomp and zeal. But no issue has affected me so tenaciously as the Industrial Hemp issue.
The first time I heard Ron Paul say that hemp was more useful than corn in making ethanol, I immediately set out on a mission to absorb everything I could about this incredible plant. I learned about biofuels and plastic, explosives and milk. I learned about Kentucky's history, and how we used to be a rich, self-sufficient state with a whole lot to lose from the vicious assault on cannabis. I learned about building materials, and how we could literally grow our own homes with hemp concrete, fiberglass, particle board, and fabrics. I was inundated with information from the likes of Gatewood Galbraith, Craig Lee, and many other hemp warriors in the Commonwealth.
Since working with these grand pioneers of the grassroots Liberty movement, some friends and I decided we should form a coalition of hemp supporting groups in Kentucky. This coalition would be comprised of legislators, grassroots, Dems, Repubs, Tea Parties, Liberty folks, environmentalists, and pretty much anyone who had a vested interest in seeing industrial hemp come back to the Commonwealth.
We held seminars to educate people about hemp, we lobbied our legislators and rising political candidates, we've talked to Sheriffs, Judge Executives, we've gotten the word out in interviews, newspaper articles (google: industrial hemp kentucky), even on TV and of course all over the web. We've worked our tails off to educate the people of this Commonwealth, and, not surprisingly, the people of KY are READY for hemp!
Our farmers need a cash crop, need something to turn to since the great tobacco buyouts, need something to sustain their family farms! And we need industry in Kentucky! This state is gorgeous, with rolling hills, and miles of rich farmland. There is no reason our farmers should be struggling the way that they are!
So I'm reaching out to you Paulers all over the country. I'm asking you for help, to spread the word about industrial hemp in Kentucky. There are already several states on the verge of legalizing hemp, but none have the legal structure that we have in Kentucky. Our hemp growing is already in KY law. For more on that, please see my last post on our website kentuckyhempcoalition.com. My post contains details about the KY Hemp Commission as well as links to the state law on hemp passed in 2001.
Even our Junior Senator and one of the most popular KY Republicans ever, Rand Paul, is supporting industrial hemp. He has reached out and asked his supporters to donate to the Kentucky Hemp Commission to jump start the industrial hemp movement. And I guarantee that if we legalize hemp here in KY, it will mean jobs not just here in KY, but all over the country. Can you imagine the difference in cost for a young person making lip balm in Texas to order their hemp oil from KY instead of from Canada? Or the company in North Carolina who manufactures homes out of hemp hurds and lime? How much cheaper could those houses be if they got their materials from Kentucky? And then Tennessee? Then Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, and all the other states who would soon follow suit?
So I'm asking you to spread the word. Check out kentuckyhempcoalition.com for more detailed info, and if you get the hemp bug like I have, please donate to the KY Industrial Hemp Program Fund. You can either send a check directly to the KY State Treasurer, made out to "Industrial Hemp Program Fund," or you can donate via RandPAC, at their secure site. http://www.randpacusa.com/donate_hemp.aspx?pid=0913a
The hemp Commission was set up in 2001 and specifically designed to accept money, gifts, and donations from private as well as public sources. The hemp warriors from that generation fought hard to make sure that every day Joes like you and me were able to donate to this fund. But why? Why the specifics, and why set it up to receive private donations if it was a state fund under the Agriculture Department? Well that is best summed up in one word. POLITICS. They knew that the politicians in Frankfort would NEVER fund the commission without a jump start. They would gripe and complain that there wasn't enough research, or that the law enforcement agencies wouldn't support it, and it was NEVER FUNDED! But that is precisely what the Hemp Commission was created to do! Research! And to make sure that industrial hemp became a reality!
That's why I'm reaching out to DP readers. Ron Paul's supporters are the most educated and passionate grassroots supporters in the country. And it's not just about gold, or foreign policy, it's about freedom for all! It's about doing the right thing out of kindness and good will, not because some thug holds a gun to your heads and yells "DONATE!" It's about freedom and as Ron always says, "Freedom is Popular." And freedom spreads!
I'm sorry that this post turned into a short novel! I read the rules before posting, and noted the section about keeping it short and sweet. However, there is way too much to talk about on this subject, and so little time! Please check out kentuckyhempcoalition.com for more details about the KY Hemp movement, and check out the industrial hemp section of takebackkentucky.com for link to the 1996 University of KY Hemp Study. And anyone who wants more information or wants to move to KY to help us (there's a lot of cheap land out here right now) can contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for the long post! Thanks for reading! Please share, repost, tweet, whatever you do! Thanks!
Chair, Kentucky Hemp Coalition