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With support from Sen. Rand Paul, hemp bill clears Kentucky Senate committee unanimously

FRANKFORT, KY. — A bill that would legalize growing hemp for industrial use cleared a state legislative committee Monday with a unanimous vote after three members of Kentucky’s federal delegation — including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — testified for it.

The testimony by Paul and U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, and Thomas Massie, R-4th District, marked a rare, if not unprecedented, occurrence for the Kentucky General Assembly.
All three said they would work at the federal level either to pass legislation legalizing industrial hemp or seeking a waiver of federal drug laws that currently classify the plant as a prohibited substance along with marijuana, a fellow member of the cannabis family.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who campaigned on the issue two years ago, and other supporters argue that hemp could provide Kentucky with a huge influx of jobs if the state is among the first to legalize it. An economic impact study is under way at the University of Kentucky to gauge the claim.
“There’s a desperate need to create jobs in Kentucky and this is one way to do it,” Comer said after the vote, thanking supporters.
Paul, who testified he was wearing a shirt made with hemp that he bought in Canada, said passing the Kentucky bill could help keep money currently being paid for hemp products in Kentucky.

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It must really bother some people that God made plants they don't like!

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Next step, legalize growing

Next step, legalize growing it for non industrial use as well.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Pretty sure...

That industrial use can be considered any number of things including food, paper, clothing, energy etc. Unless of course you're talking about its psychoactive relative marijuana, in which case I very much agree in its legalization as well!

LIVE FREE OR DIE

Lots of uses for hemp

here is a hemp car coming on the market soon:

http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2011-02/introducing-first...

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Monsanto must be going insane over this

because there is no need for their poisonous seed coatings in hemp! Honey bees should do well around hemp fields.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Hey this is funny

I clearly remember just a few months back when about 90% of the alleged Ron Paul supporters were joyfully kicking Rand Paul's a&& and calling him every hateful name from sell-out to enemy.

I also remember that I was one of the tiny minority who refused to say one bad word against him, knowing how it would hurt his dad & that I had faith in his judgment and decision. I believed his future actions would prove him to be an upstanding guy.

So how you like him now, boys & girls? He's pushing those pro-gun, anti-TSA and anti-drone bills through and now this pro-hemp bill.

Looking pretty good, eh? I sure hate to say "I told you so"....

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'xactly!

go Rand.

Debbie

Hemp for farmers!

Good for Rand. Get the poor farmers off the Gov roles. I read that years ago before outlawed, even small farmers grew hemp, not to smoke but for use as cotton is today. Not only clothing but other things were made from it. So many that it was one of the largest cash crops the farmers had for income. Easy to grow, easy to harvest and you saved the seeds. Better keep this quiet or Monsanto will jump on it. I bought a blouse because it was made of hemp after reading about it. Wanted to see how it washed and how long it held color and lasted. [figured if it wore out quickly I'd just smoke it. ......just kidding.]
Don't know if it was the smoking type of hemp but it was outlawed regardless. Lot's of farmers went belly up and it wasn't from laughing after smoking the stuff. Huge financial blow. It's cheaper to grow then cotton, is stronger and clothing posess all the positive qualities of cotton. My blouse still looks great after 3 years!

Deekey

My first thought

Your post is well written.

But the first thing it makes me think is how sad and ridiculous it is that decent people have to go to these lengths to be able to grow and trade a plant. It is very ridiculous.

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Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Rand has gained himself

An odd mixture of die hard supporters with this move.

It might seem silly or stupid, but there are queer folks out there who have been arguing for this for DECADES, at least since 70s counter-culture.

Rand makes yet another good move. He may yet earn my support.

Now you know

why I'm supporting Rand, and to my benefit, I am learning about politics from him, as I learned about restoring the republic from his father.

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Standing Up Against Speaker Stumbo

Kentucky House Speaker Stumbo should side with the citizens of Kentucky and allow a up or down vote on industrial hemp. We need economic development and jobs. Give law enforcement tax revenue from the new cash crop and halt playing politics with this issue.