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Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Push For Hemp Legalization In Senate Fight

The Huffington Post | by Ryan Grimm | May 20, 2013 ≈ VIDEO ≈

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky's two senators, Republicans Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, have been working to include a provision that would legalize industrial hemp into the farm bill, according to Senate and Kentucky sources, an effort that is likely to result in a floor vote on the issue this week.

Paul and McConnell had hoped to insert the measure into the farm bill as it was being considered by the Agriculture Committee, but a jurisdictional spat broke out, as often does in the Senate. McConnell, a member of the committee, approached Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) last Monday night about inserting the provision, according to Senate aides, and was told that the Judiciary Committee had jurisdiction and he would need a waiver from its chairman, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.). Hemp laws are the purview of the Drug Enforcement Administration, even though hemp is not a drug and has no psychoactive potential, no matter how much a person smokes.

McConnell faces reelection in 2014, and has been working so closely with Paul that some aides have begun to refer to the libertarian newcomer and tea party favorite as the "shadow minority leader" -- a term that presumably expires if McConnell wins his race. McConnell brought Jesse Benton, a longtime aide of Rand Paul and Ron Paul, onto his campaign. With Rand Paul in his corner, there is little chance for a tea party candidate to successfully challenge McConnell, and Paul's energized base may boost turnout in the general election. If McConnell's effort on hemp is any guide, he's taking nothing for granted.

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Hemp yay

Rand yay
mitch ok buddy, give credit where credit is due.

Seems like Votehemp already

Seems like Votehemp already has a setup. We can submit our Senator's responses to them.
It would be nice to have a list on here though, as members call, list the response they got.

Senator's responses:

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I've also

been in touch with Tom Murphy, National Outreach Coordinator for Vote Hemp. I've asked him for the names of key Senators who are opposing this, so pressure can be applied on them. The ones that can kill this amendment need to know we are watching and will work toward their defeat
in the next election cycle. (if that is even still possible)

congress is so dumb that even if

it were to allow hemp they'd overegulate it and make it so expensive to grow that we'd have to export the jobs to Canada or China or Germany. Now if they had any spines or brains they'd strike it from the code.

More than half of the 400 billion a year drug war industry would be disrupted since 80% is directed at cannabis sativa which includes Hemp. The corporatist will sort it out and control it in the end -as usual but hopefully not?

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This is great news for all

This is great news for all farmers if it is passed. I do not farm anymore but I support growing hemp 100%. If I had been allowed to grow hemp I would most likely have saved my home and farm from the greedy banksters -- can't make a lot of money growing hay.

Great, so Gov't has something 'legal' to regulate

When commodities or behaviors that are not right infringing are made 'legal' it gives the Gov't precedence to regulate them.

We do not need Government, especially the Federal Government regulating more of our lives. Legalizing Hemp only makes sure that Government can regulate, subsidize, and monopolize the production and trade of Hemp.

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do you propose as a solution?

I think this is worth a shot personally.

Forgot this isn't even about cannabis use

It is about growing Hemp for Pete's Sake.

real Solution?

Ignore the Feds and the State. Get arrested. Get Trial by Jury. Repeat.

Get others to do the same. Show how GD silly it is to turn entrepreneurs, who hurt no one and help many, in to Criminals.

Yes, sorry, Decriminalization

Is there a reason to regulate nonviolent or non-right infringing behaviors, say like growing, owning, or using cannabis?

I guess I'm just a bit miffed at the idea of Legalization because I find it offensive that something that does not require the permission of another in any sane universe is now going to be officially 'allowed'. As long as you register, license up, pay extra taxes, etc, etc, and what ever else they come up with.

It proves that we are Ruled rather than Represented, and there are many happy at the chance of paying taxes in order to use.

It's just sick.

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I think

what was meant was decriminalization. Make it "not a crime" and we'll do what we can with the materials available.

Make it "legal" and we will be required to report to a database.

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I can

understand that. It's frivolous that we have to ask for permission in the first place. What's that old saying about liberty being a "plant of rapid growth once it takes root?"

Once there is a foothold, the amount of seed will be astronomical. My hope is that it (seed) would spread faster than wildfire and there would be nothing they could do about it. There would be dedicated guerilla jonny pot seeds going about the country spreading it everywhere. I know it sounds idealistic, but it's something creative to do while we wait for WWIII and economic collapse..;)

I'm not a fan of regulation, but I have to admit the market in CO. for grower and subsidiary business, is booming in spite of intense regulation. (regs. to the point of having to have a live feed to every at least commercial garden) IDK about personal gardens. Surely not.

A friend tells me that people in CO where he lives anyway, seem more mature (like Amsterdam) and have moved on from the excitement of the forbidden fruit. I think once the masses understood the benefits of hemp products, they'd be mad at govt. for forbidding it for so long.

Think about the industries that are threatened.

Plastics, Paper, Textiles, building materials, Fuels, Lubricants, Food, just to name a few.

It's a worthy cause(imho)even if it gets shot down.

I hope everyone made their

I hope everyone made their calls and e-mails to their Senators over the weekend to support this.

I did

I did

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Not only

that, but we need to figure out where pressure needs to be applied on the opposition. Looks like Leahey (D) is a key figure from what little I can tell.
We need to figure out who is and is not on board with this, and who is in the "bottleneck" positions to kill any amendments. This should be a no brainer for these knuckleheads, but as the article states, there are still people who don't know the difference between industrial hemp and high grade cannabis.
Unfortunately I don't have the time to gather and compile a list, but if someone here did, I would do my part in getting it exposure and calling whoever needs to be called. This is a time sensitive issue and we're a little late to the game, but that doesn't mean we can't be a force to be reckoned with.
Here's the thread where you can get ahold of your "representatives." I called mine, but I think they are already on board.

Want Americans to care? Talk about money.

"$.75-$1.25 a gallon, America. That's what you'll be paying if you use hemp seed oil in your engines."

Great post, as usual, Jefferson. I need to get off my lazy-typing ass and make an entire Daily Paul Hemp section.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

...but is this sweeping?

Lets hope that hemp gets legalized at this level.
The thing I would like to know though is would this be a sweeping legalization? Or would you still need to go about getting licenses or something similiar to grow it? I would be weary because of that. New York squashed out all private taxi owners by requiring each taxi have a city approved medallion thing they put on the cars. Ok, great, they wanted to make sure that those being taxi drivers were serious about their jobs. Did they make it $1000? Nope. $5000? Nope, not that either. They made it cost $1000000 a piece; of course its obvious that no one not serious about being a taxi driver would bother buying one even if it was only a few hundred dollars.
I would fear that happening here. Basically they would legalize it but require a license to be bought at a rediculously high price. This would mean that all but the largest companies would be able to afford to grow this plant.So basically the corporations would end up cornering the market on a plant that would be impossible to corner otherwise.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

This isn't even a Hemp

This isn't even a Hemp "legalization" bill. It's just a bill that repeals the federal ban on Hemp and allows the states to legalize it. If you actually want it to be legalized, you'll then have to contact your state legislator and tell him or her to introduce a hemp legalization bill.

Oh ok, I didnt realize that.

Oh ok, I didnt realize that. If it simply allows the states to do what they wish without interference, thats a good thing.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

How about a new

How about a new headline?
Rand Paul advocates hemp legalization, McConnell seeks reelection.
(to avoid being thrown out like the trash he is) OK,,, I added that last part for effect.

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right! Mitch McConnell (as we remember)
is a neocon snake
& withheld endorsement during the Rand Senate race
his voting record is utterly non liberty and pro war.
This is a pure 'turncoat' re-election play..
like John McCain being pro hemp all of a sudden.
if Rand starts stumping for him
I'll be pissed.... count on it.