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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Join Forces to Legalize Hemp
Reason ^ | March 04, 2012 | Matthew Hurtt

Posted on 03/04/2013 4:59:25 PM PST by Ken H

The push to legalize domestic hemp production is gaining steam.

Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970.

Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal as growing smokable pot, 10 states already have frameworks in place for industrial hemp production. The problem is that the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies all forms of hemp as a controlled substance, despite the fact that industrial hemp generally contains less than 0.3 percent THC, or anywhere between 1/6 to 1/66 the amount you'll find in marijuana. If you tried smoking hemp, you'd exhaust yourself before you got high.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; hemp; kentucky; lundergangrimes; marijuana; mattbevin; mitchmcconnell; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 03/04/2013 4:59:30 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Smart move. Need more open box thinking like this.


2 posted on 03/04/2013 5:02:27 PM PST by soycd
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To: Ken H

I’m good with it.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 5:05:46 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Ken H

4 posted on 03/04/2013 5:11:38 PM PST by x
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To: soycd
...the cotton industry and paper-making industries will most likely oppose this reason change in policy.

Money talks and politicians walk to where the money-tree is planted.

5 posted on 03/04/2013 5:11:57 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: x

thanks for the post showing Kentucky’s history and hemp


6 posted on 03/04/2013 5:14:59 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: Ken H

I thought hemp was legal.
I have bath towels that are hemp, they maybe the most absorbent and still soft towels ever.
There is a hemp store in our town.
Well, hum?


7 posted on 03/04/2013 5:21:51 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Ken H

Right idea. Wrong reasons.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 5:26:16 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Ken H

Good rope always comes in handy.


9 posted on 03/04/2013 5:29:44 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Ken H
Woody says: "Helter Skelter, Helter Skelter!!"


10 posted on 03/04/2013 5:32:18 PM PST by twister881
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To: Ken H

Why are pot smokers so interested in making it legal if you can’t smoke it?


11 posted on 03/04/2013 5:38:48 PM PST by bethelgrad
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To: svcw

The products are probably made in Canada.


12 posted on 03/04/2013 5:45:45 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Ken H

Should have never been illegal in the first place. Too bad it took so long for conservatives and libertarians to work up the will and the means to get serious in Congress about repairing the law.


13 posted on 03/04/2013 5:49:20 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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wait, what? you can’t smoke rope?.. stop bogarting the twine..


14 posted on 03/04/2013 5:50:19 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: theBuckwheat

“Tax and regulate” is a Trojan Horse.

You should be able to grow it like any other vegetable.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 5:51:55 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Ken H

Who doesn’t like a natural rope?


16 posted on 03/04/2013 5:52:40 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Ken H

Rand can do what he wants with McConnell on this issue but endorsement for re-election will put Rand on my bad boy list.

No more RINO’s, over 90 percent of the Republicans we have elected are business as usual politicians and need to be voted out.

McConnell needs to leave the Senate and be replaced by a real conservative.


17 posted on 03/04/2013 7:17:21 PM PST by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE MY DREAMS)
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To: Ken H

It’s kosher. Genesis 1:29


18 posted on 03/04/2013 7:36:29 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: bethelgrad; Ken H
Why are pot smokers so interested in making it legal if you can’t smoke it?

Assuming for the sake of discussion that pot smokers are interested in making hemp legal, maybe it's to shine a light on anti-cannabis hysteria.

19 posted on 03/05/2013 7:35:06 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

The US Navy buys its ropes from Canada. It would make George Washington cry.


20 posted on 03/05/2013 9:43:17 AM PST by IDFbunny
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To: bethelgrad
Why are pot smokers so interested in making it legal if you can’t smoke it?

Because we're very much against synthetic line snapback.

21 posted on 03/05/2013 9:50:18 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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