Friday, February 01, 2013

Most powerful senator in the US, Mitch McConnell, backs hemp

Yesterday I posted the speculation about Senator Mitch McConnell, the most powerful senator in the United States, throwing his hat in the ring for hemp. Today it is in. That means Kentucky has both of its senators supporting the movement, that is one big milestone, just after Mina and her pals got that petition up at - we need to lobby from all sides and get this done!
This latest came about by the hard work of Kaite Moyer and the Kentucky Hemp Coalition - see their blog at:
The article below is by Elahe Izadi of the National Journal:

Mitch McConnell Wants to See the Hemp Ban Go Up in Smoke

Senate Republican leader says hemp production would create jobs, not encourage illegal drug use.                                               

A hemp harvest in Switzerland. (AP Photo/fls/Keystone).
The titans of the budding hemp industry just got another supporter, and a powerful one at that: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It turns out some long talks with his libertarian-minded colleague Rand Paul have led to McConnell’s coming out in favor of industrialized hemp.
In a statement issued Friday, McConnell said, “I am convinced that allowing [hemp] production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy.” He also said he’s been assured by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer that legalizing hemp production wouldn't promote illegal drug use.
“The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times, that sounds like a good thing to me,” McConnell said.
If industrial hemp were to be legalized in Kentucky, it could be a cash crop. Kentucky's Legislature is preparing to tackle the issue (law enforcement isn't a fan of legalizing industrial hemp production). Paul has also sponsored a bill that would lift the federal ban on growing hemp.

1 comment:

Carlos said...

About time the pols thought about creaing jobs in the USA - there are 2 senators supporting this - where are the other 98? And where are the voters writing to lobby for this? you want jobs, you lobby these guys whose salary you pay.

And sign the petition at