Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tennessee considering hemp
This story just in from the Memphis Business Journal:
Following the lead from Kentucky, Tennessee may be beginning to see the start of a pro-hemp farming contingent in its state legislature.
According to the Associated Press, two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains and Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden are drafting legislation seeking to legalize the commercial farming of hemp. The dup plan to introduce the measure in the next legislative session.
Even Senator Lamar Alexander may be interested in the legislation.
"This is a very interesting proposal that has a good economic argument behind it. Unfortunately, an amendment by Sen. Paul to allow industrial hemp to be grown and processed was not considered during the farm bill debate, but Sen. Alexander will carefully consider this issue going forward," Alexander's spokesman, Jim Jeffries, said in an email.