Rand Paul convinces Mitch McConnell to come out for legalizing industrial hemp!Submitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 21:27
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday came out in support of developing industrial hemp in Kentucky, becoming the most powerful voice to back the state's contentious effort.
"I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy," McConnell said in a statement. "The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me."
McConnell joins fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), half of the state's six-member congressional delegation and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in supporting the push.
In his announcement, McConnell cited conversations with Paul and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a longtime advocate of legalized hemp, saying they'd led him to reverse his previous opposition.