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Kentucky Governor Urges Obama To Consider New Approach On Hemp

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barack obama president hemp kentuckyKentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to consider a new approach to how the government deals with hemp – he’s asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general’s office work with theDrug Enforcement Administration on the issue.

“We want to explore any and all opportunities that have the possible potential for job creation and enhancing rural economies in areas of our state,” Governor Beshear stated in the letter.

Kentucky recently became one of 9 states which have passed laws legalizing hemp on the state level. However, the new law taking effect is contingent on either a change in federal law, or Kentucky being granted a federal waiver to cultivate hemp, something that both of the state’s U.S. Senators – Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell – have been adamantly working towards.

Governor Beshear now joins the rapidly growing number of individuals, including lawmakers, which are calling for the U.S. to take a new, more pragmatic approach to the hemp plant, rather than prohibiting it outright.

Source: The Joint Blog

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  1. Funny how people won’t support Republican efforts to legalize but, they’ll support Democrats that are against legalization! James Corner, Rand Paul & Mitch McConnell (all Republicans) have been pushing hard on this issue but, some Democrats like House Speaker Greg Stumbo are siding with police unions!

  2. I’m finding it hard to believe in politicians, (never really have seen one I believe is honest) and aren’t they supposed to be educated? Why are they so naïve and narrow minded? Aren’t educated people supposed to base things on science and not opinion? any argument I’ve seen against cannabis has been based on the OPINION of a psych, or better yet the racist bullshit from the beginning. this ridiculousness needs to end. Have any lawsuits been filed yet for denying us our right to safe beneficial medicine??? When and where do we start???

  3. Dear Gil, please stop trying to protect me. So far, I’ve done a fairly good job, from the jungles of Nam to the streets of the US.

  4. Don’t be proud of the governor, he did not sign the bill here in Kentucky… This is just more lip service

  5. Robert Dewayne King on

    How ?? Seeing as we are already legally importing tons of hemp products ??

  6. Im proud of kentuckys governor and their senators. I wish them good luck with their quest.

    My state, wv, also has the hemp law, but i have not heard anything about our officials doing anything. I even wrote them.

    We inport what – about a half billion $$ worth of hemp a year? I guess our country is better off importing its raw materials cause being allowed to grow something as simple as a hemp weed here sure seems like a struggle that wont be won to me.

  7. Anyone who has signed the White House petitions regarding cannabis prohibition has probably received the following canned response from Gil the Drug Czar. This is beyond embarrassing;

    By Gil Kerlikowske

    “America’s farmers deserve our Nation’s help and support to ensure
    rural America’s prosperity and vitality. Federal law prohibits human
    consumption, distribution, and possession of Schedule I controlled
    substances. Hemp and marijuana are part of the same species of cannabis
    plant. While most of the THC in cannabis plants is concentrated in the
    marijuana, all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC, a
    Schedule I controlled substance. The Administration will continue
    looking for innovative ways to support farmers across the country while
    balancing the need to protect public health and safety.”

    Since industrial hemp might contain miniscule amounts of THC (not nearly enough to register as psychoactive), hemp cannot be grown. And they claim to base their reasoned responses on science. Right.

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