House Bill 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. The measure grants state legislatures the authority to license and regulate the commercial production of hemp as an industrial and agricultural commodity. ... Eight states – Colorado, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia – have enacted statutory changes defining industrial hemp as distinct agricultural product and allowing for its regulated commercial production. Passage of HR 525 would remove existing federal barriers and allow these states and others the authority to do so without running afoul of federal anti-drug laws.
Another catalyst it is,,, which furthers the cause for the real deal here and why we are headed north. News does nothing but get better as mum is the word from Obama. Romney would have fricked all this up pleasing shorts and prisons, police departments, Republican MMFFEERR"S can eat turds and run rabbits.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Romney would have been a disaster for this industry that is true.. I am a conservative, but there are very few Republicans these days who are conservative so I don't do much voting these days...
With support from Sen. Rand Paul, hemp bill clears Kentucky Senate committee unanimously.
FRANKFORT, KY. — A bill that would legalize growing hemp for industrial use cleared a state legislative committee Monday with a unanimous vote after three members of Kentucky’s federal delegation — including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — testified for it.
The testimony by Paul and U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, and Thomas Massie, R-4th District, marked a rare, if not unprecedented, occurrence for the Kentucky General Assembly.
All three said they would work at the federal level either to pass legislation legalizing industrial hemp or seeking a waiver of federal drug laws that currently classify the plant as a prohibited substance along with marijuana, a fellow member of the #$%$ family.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who campaigned on the issue two years ago, and other supporters argue that hemp could provide Kentucky with a huge influx of jobs if the state is among the first to legalize it. An economic impact study is under way at the University of Kentucky to gauge the claim.
“There’s a desperate need to create jobs in Kentucky and this is one way to do it,” Comer said after the vote, thanking supporters.
Paul, who testified he was wearing a shirt made with hemp that he bought in Canada, said passing the Kentucky bill could help keep money currently being paid for hemp products in Kentucky.
“I see no reason why we wouldn’t want to be a leader in this,” said Paul, discounting law enforcement fears that allowing hemp would make marijuana prosecutions more difficult. “... If I thought this was going to allow marijuana to take off in our state, I wouldn’t be for it.”
Sentiment: Strong Buy