Here’s a fact that scares the Billy Bejeezus out of the feds.
Hemp and Marijuana are from the same species: Cannabis Sativa
You can’t get high from hemp because it only has a trace of THC, the chemical that makes stoners. But a trace is a trace and The Controlled Substances Act doesn’t care that you can’t get high from Hemp because it only has traces of THC.
So farmers can’t grow Hemp – a great LEGAL cash crop.
The feds call industrial hemp a controlled substance — the same as marijuana, heroin and LSD — but it is in fact a harmless and renewable cash crop with thousands of applications that are good for the environment.
Kentucky used to grow a lot of Hemp to make rope for the war effort – that’s World War II. Consequently there are still a lot of Hemp plants growing wild.
Kentucky used to grow a lot of tobacco (still does, just less) that kills people. There is a lot of coal mined here – which is killing the earth – through strip mining and used for power plants that are belching junk into the air.
There still are some tobacco farmers that want to farm. Because of the terrain, these are small farms that need crop that is highly profitable per acre like tobacco.
The gummit doesn’t want farmers to grow tobacco anymore because it kills people. They want them to raise Bubba Gump shrimp and organic tomatoes. Never mind that there is little or no market for these products.
The farmers say comparing industrial hemp to marijuana is like comparing pop guns and M-16s. They’ve successfully petitioned … to authorize the farming of industrial hemp.
Kentucky is second only to California in the production of Marijuana.
Hell, we even have a governor candidate that endorses legalizing marijuana and hemp.
So what’s the big deal with legalizing hemp?
Consumers are grabbing nutrition-packed hemp milk, bread and brownie mixes off local grocery shelves. A new generation of fashion designers and shoppers is adopting the soft, eco-friendly fabric. Environmentalists see the fast-growing weed as an alternative to cutting down trees for paper.
Kentucky used to be the home of Senator Mitch McConnell until he moved to D.C. permanently. You might know him – he’s the second most powerful man in the Senate, and some say he is the most powerful man in the Republican Party.
He’s gotta be behind helping the folks back home right?
- Rated D by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
Wish I had a suitable wise-crack to end this, but it just isn’t in me.