Monday, May 20, 2013

DC fails to include hemp in the farming bills

After all the efforts of Americans all over the nation, especially those in Kentucky,
where the agricultural commissioner James Comer campaigns with both senators and a congressman to make hemp legal, DC has refused to listen and has sided with financial terrorists who hate America, hate hemp, etc. OK, I may be going a bit far to put it that way but the perception is valid that that is how it is. Impeach them all if they cannot do their jobs, even if that perception is not the reality. Then again, is it not a tenet on Wall Street that perception is reality? So I am not far off in making such robust statements, ecpecially at a time when their failure means America's failure. Below is the latest on the federal farming bills:

WASHINGTON – The House and Senate agriculture committees have drafted farm bills that do not include provisions to legalize industrial hemp production.
The hemp provision has broad bipartisan support among Kentucky state and federal officials and enjoys considerable bipartisan backing in Congress.
Kentucky officials, as well as those in many other states, consider industrial hemp to be a potentially major economic benefit for farmers and business.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., explored the possibility of inserting a hemp provision in the Senate farm measure but did not find quite enough enthusiasm to prevail.
McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer said the absence of the hemp provision was one reason the Senate GOP leader opposed the farm bill.
The senator also was concerned about the overall cost of the measure, according to his office.
Nevertheless, Steurer said, McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., “continue to look at several options to move the hemp legislation through the Senate.”
“While the farm bill markup was one vehicle, it’s not the one and only option,” Steurer said.
Theoretically, an amendment to the farm bill legalizing hemp could be offered on the Senate or House floors. Or a hemp provision could be offered as an amendment to other legislation.
We asked the office of Rep. Thomas Massie, R-4th District, about his next plans for getting a hemp provision passed in the House, but the Kentuckian’s office so far has not responded to our inquiry.


Mark Ski said...

They are being forced to reconsider and make an amendment. This year, thanks to activists like Mina Hegaard at Minawear, who hosts a petition to the White House for hemp - the politicians are being made to take note.
People in the US cannot afford to let them ignore this issue.

Phil Telic said...

Now the feds have made it legal for any state that makes it legal - but most states are not acting on this. Too busy reading about Lilo and Pee Wee and other idiots to work on the economy.