Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Join Forces to Legalize Hemp
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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Smart move. Need more open box thinking like this.
I’m good with it.
Money talks and politicians walk to where the money-tree is planted.
thanks for the post showing Kentucky’s history and hemp
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.
Right idea. Wrong reasons.
Good rope always comes in handy.
Why are pot smokers so interested in making it legal if you can’t smoke it?
The products are probably made in Canada.
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.
wait, what? you can’t smoke rope?.. stop bogarting the twine..
“Tax and regulate” is a Trojan Horse.
You should be able to grow it like any other vegetable.
Who doesn’t like a natural rope?
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.
It’s kosher. Genesis 1:29
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.
The US Navy buys its ropes from Canada. It would make George Washington cry.
Because we're very much against synthetic line snapback.
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