Industrial Hemp Could be Legalized in Kentucky, Gaining Support...Submitted by andysavestheday on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 20:43
Didn't see this posted, sorry if it is a repost, but worth a look.
Sen. McConnell to join Sen. Paul to support efforts to legalize industrial hemp production
By Ryan Alessi
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said Thursday he will support efforts to legalize industrial hemp.
McConnell said in a statement that he made the decision after a series of talks with Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, as well as Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who is leading efforts for Kentucky to set up a regulatory framework for the industry should Congress legalize it.
Here’s McConnell’s statement:
“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. 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.”
Currently, growing hemp — a form cannabis plant — is illegal in the United States. Paul has sponsored a bill in the U.S. Senate to lift the ban. Other Kentuckians — including U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, and John Yarmuth, D-Louisville — are supporting a similar effort in the U.S. House...
My 2 cents: Industrial hemp was once the #1 cash crop of KY. It could be again. KY should be one of the most financially independent (aka free) states in the country with all the agriculture, alcohol and other goodies we can make so well...