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Kentucky Legislature Passes Hemp Bill, Rand Paul Vows Support From D.C.

The Kentucky Senate joined the House in approving a hemp regulation bill last night. This morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released a statement applauding the bill's passage and promising to continue to push for a federal waiver from the Controlled Substances Act for future Kentucky hemp growers:

“I commend the Kentucky General Assembly for final passage of Senate Bill 50. I want to thank Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Paul Hornback and the members of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission for their leadership and hard work in passing this legislation,” Sen. Paul said.

more: http://reason.com/blog/2013/03/27/kentucky-legislature-passe...

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Now there is something I can

Now there is something I can support Rand Paul on. ...Pardon my ignorance but what is "a federal waiver"?

"If hemp is so great...

...then why isn't it used more in nations that don't have the restrictions we do?" is a reasonable sounding question I've heard before and have no answer to. Can anyone here explain this?

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?" -Thomas Jefferson

Hemp: Maybe someone has a more

thorough answer, but after watching this clip, I looked into the subject a little. First, here are a couple contributing reasons why, worldwide, the age-old former hemp industry declined. Hemp rope for maritime uses were replaced by steel cables. Hemp as a fiber was replaced by synthetic fibers. Apparently, too, for the same reason as here, U.S. drug laws influenced drug laws in other countries! I'm unclear on the different varieties and how it evolved, just that in more recent times, we've been able to grow "drug-free" hemp.

There has been a growing MARKET for hemp products because of its *versatility* - with some 25,000 different products available - used because of its *nutrition* for food (seeds, oil, and other parts of the plant), food for human consumption and also for animals; clothing; shelter/building materials; transportation, both as a fiber used in car bodies and as a fuel; even for crop rotation to purify the soil. It's also enjoying a market for its *low impact on the environment*, being *healthier for humans*, and at times not being equal to but *superior* to the products it can replace: it could save trees, as hemp pulp is better than wood pulp for what we use wood pulp for - paper, for one; and, unlike styrofoam is totally biodegradable. As a replacement for cotton, hemp grows well without the toxic chemical herbicides and pesticides used in the cotton industry.

And 30+ countries DO now have hemp industries. That's who we buy from: "Current industry estimates report that U.S. retail sales of all hemp-based products may exceed $300 million per year. Because there is no commercial industrial hemp production in the United States, the U.S. market is largely dependent on imports, both as finished hemp-containing products and as ingredients for use in further processing." Hemp As An Agricultural Commodity - December 18, 2012 Report to Congress [You'll see Ron Paul's name mentioned.]

The Congressional report and wikipedia mention some of the industries by country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp#United_States

The report says the hurdle for American growers is our drug policies and competition from China and Canada. I have to wonder if they've failed to mention trade agreements; lobbying by the prison-industrial-complex; and also lobbying by Monsanto, supplier of genetically-engineered cottonseed.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Hemp is used and cultivated

Hemp is used and cultivated all over the world. This very large hemp field is in Canada. I don't understand your question?


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Kind of reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey

but instead, Canada: "Oh my God... It's full of doobage."

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Lol Probably because

all the corporations that outsourced and moved out of our country, keep everyone in those countries occupied with plenty of jobs leaving no one in a hurry to start spending days in farm fields to grow something they can't ship here anyway.

Another Way To See It

If freedom is so great, why isn't it adopted by more nations?

Gene Louis
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

I have the same question.

I have the same question.

The Emperor Wears No Clothes


You might find some answers in this book.

Peace... JC444

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Great Job. And now, for Act II:

The Big Agra / Big Pharma heavy weapons come out to play ...

Stay tuned.

Hooray hemp! This is great news

Thinking about writing a letter to the editor at our local paper to shed light on this story and to share my perspective that the hemp legislation is quite out of touch and to mention the many uses of hemp.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Does anyone know if hemp would grow well in South Dakota and the Midwest?


for my home state and for hemp legalization! I hope this is only the first step!

Hemp For Victory

When Jack Herer ran for President
He autographed his book for me and wrote as follows: 9/19/92

"Keep learning & teaching this Hemp knowledge non-stop till total victory. No one can beat the facts except by us being silent. Be loud. Love Jack"


Film produced by the US Government in 1942

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

To me, this should be front page

This is the first cannabis hemp legislation that has passed since cannabis was outlawed. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU RAND PAUL!!!!

Nice to know

Thanks for sharing the link.

Anyone own hemp products? I have some hemp shoes that are SHOES!

I haven't tried lighting them yet.

Several hemp t-shirts

and two button down hemp shirts. A store here that sells all hemp clothing.