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McConnell backs Kentucky's hemp-legalization efforts

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“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#1 Feb 4, 2013
I suppose there have been more shocking events a few times in the nation's history, LOL.

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, has endorsed efforts in Kentucky to legalize industrial hemp. In a statement released by his Washington office, McConnell said:"After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky's farm families and economy."

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/31/2498036/mc...
wtf

Virgie, KY

#2 Feb 4, 2013
Here is a little history about "hemp".

Hemp is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for millennia. The Columbia History of the World (1996) states that that weaving of hemp fiber began over 10,000 years ago! Carbon tests have suggested that the use of wild hemp dates as far back as 8000 B.C.

In Great Britain, hemp cultivation dates back to 800AD. In the 16th Century, Henry VIII encouraged farmers to plant the crop extensively to provide materials for the British Naval fleet. A steady supply of hemp was needed for the construction of battleships and their components. Riggings, pendants, pennants, sails, and oakum were all made from hemp fiber and oil. Hemp paper was used for maps, logs, and even for the Bibles that sailors may have brought on board.

Cultivation (See growing hemp)

Hemp drying
17th Century America, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! Hemp was considered to be legal tender. For over 200 years in colonial America, hemp was currency that one could use to pay their taxes with!(Don’t try that today, kids!)

The 1850 U.S. census documented approximately 8,400 hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres. Strains in cultivation included China hemp, Smyrna hemp and Japanese hemp.

For years, hemp farmers used a hand break operated machine when harvesting. Finally a machine was built that would take care of all the processes, breaking the retted stalks and cleaning the fiber to produce clean, straight hemp fiber which was equal to the best grades prepared on hand brakes. This machine was able to harvest 1000 pounds or more of clean hemp fiber per hour. This breakthrough made cultivating more fiscally attractive by reducing labor costs. By 1920 the hemp crop was entirely handled by machinery.

Hemp Fuel(see hemp fuel)

In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine. Like many others, Diesel assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company seeing the potential of biomass fuels operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry. Today these are supplied by oil-related industries.
Prohibition

Viewing hemp as a threat, a smear campaign against hemp was started by competing industries, associating hemp with marijuana.

Propaganda films like “Reefer Madness” assured hemp’s demise.

When Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, the decline of hemp effectively began. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation nearly impossible for American farmers. Anslinger, the chief promoter of the Tax Act, argued for anti-marijuana legislation around the world.
jdohe

Friendsville, TN

#3 Feb 4, 2013
Using hemp for making rope is one thing; inhaling today's grade long-term creates addiction, health problems (seizures, for one). Don't misinterpret this opinion as me being against it being prescribed for cancer patients.
wtf

Virgie, KY

#4 Feb 4, 2013
jdohe wrote:
Using hemp for making rope is one thing; inhaling today's grade long-term creates addiction, health problems (seizures, for one). Don't misinterpret this opinion as me being against it being prescribed for cancer patients.
Your opinion is a very uneducated one. Hemp and marijuana are two entirely different plants. Hemp has a very low level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and is impossible to smoke, ingest, or use in any way to get "high" on. Also, hemp, on a windy day would entirely ruin the value of a good pot patch as if crossed the value of the pot would plummet. The reason corrupt cops oppose it. Here in KY they think us too stupid to figure out that they fly the "pot choopers" in September, when it's harvest time with a bud and valuable (just as easy to find in June and July). One of the "perks" of corrupt law enforcement.

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#5 Feb 4, 2013
Do you think you might be interested in being a hemp farmer if the bill passes "wtf"?
wtf

Virgie, KY

#6 Feb 4, 2013
Honest Babe wrote:
Do you think you might be interested in being a hemp farmer if the bill passes "wtf"?
I think a lot of farmers would benefit, I think it would be a great supplement to farming, replacing tobacco, and I think it would ruin several pot patches, lol. Eveybody wins :)

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#7 Feb 4, 2013
I think so too "wtf". I just hope if they ever get it passed and okayed on the federal level, they don't require the growers to grow such large plots that the smaller farmers, or those with lots of hillside type land, cannot benefit or have the opportunity to grow it. It sure would be nice if people in Jackson County could grow it kind of like they used to do with tobacco. No one got filthy rich off tobacco, but things sure were different back then (in a better way) when people had something they could earn money/work at than they are now.
phzzzzz blah

Virgie, KY

#8 Feb 5, 2013
1840
Abraham Lincoln uses hemp-seed oil to fuel his household lamps.

He also writes ( as a general statement on government function and legislation ): "Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by making a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#9 Feb 5, 2013
An unalienable right..."the freedom to farm." :)
weed b gone

Virgie, KY

#10 Feb 7, 2013
I'm all for it. If people read up a little on the differences between hemp and marijuana they wouldn't be so afraid of letting hemp be grown. I'd like to see somebody try to smoke enough hemp to get high! I would think you'd die of oxygen deprivation. That might give you a buzz before the lights go out though. I don't know. I've never died.
dont wear blinders

Friendsville, TN

#11 Feb 8, 2013
A suggestion: research THC, marijuana, hemp. Learn the truth.

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#12 Feb 8, 2013
Hemp and Marijuana - Myths and Realities

http://www.votehemp.com/myths_facts.html

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February 8, 2013
Industrial Hemp Legislation First Pushed By Ron Paul Could Drop in Senate Next Week

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-w...
ppr

Bays, KY

#13 Feb 9, 2013
this is a joke, right ?

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#14 Feb 9, 2013
Is what a joke?
Logic

Annville, KY

#15 Feb 9, 2013
Hemp is used in many industries around the world today. Do some research. The car you are driving may have been manufactured using some form of hemp. Kentucky should legalize the growing of it, the processing of it and try to get as many manufacturing plants that use hemp as possible. Where ever the need for hemp in manufacturing is, we the people of Kentucky should get the new jobs created by this industry. Rand Paul would like to see these new jobs come to our state and not have us sit on our hands and watch these jobs go to a different state. We should all be with Senator Paul when it comes to creating new jobs for the people of our state.
Logic

Annville, KY

#16 Feb 9, 2013
This study is 15 years old but can still give you some ideas about just how important hemp growth, processing and manufacturing plants could be to our state. This issue has been around for several years. We need to stop demonizing this industry and start benefiting from it. http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/hempstudy.pdf

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#17 Feb 10, 2013
Industrialized hemp is the perfect solution to many of the needs of Jackson County. If only the county's so-called "leaders" would educate themselves on the matter, be supportive of the efforts of those such as Commissioner Comer and Senator Paul, and get involved early by getting a foot in the door now.

However, unfortunately I do not see that happening. I suspect energies will be spent on passing the Kool-Aid at a bunch of social gatherings where people discuss the search for some elusive golden hen. All this while letting all the opportunities industrailized hemp could offer pass right on by.

Check out the versatility and markets for hemp. Take notice of how due to hemp's bulk and transport expense the processing facilities are regionalized.

http://www.votehemp.com/markets.html

Watch this video which mentions the number of jobs and "moo-lah" hemp could mean for Kentucky's economy. Why couldn't Jackson County's economy make up a big part of that? Check out Rand Paul...he is wearing a darn good looking hemp shirt and he doesn't look nary bit "high" or like a "pot head" to me.

Press Conference on Industrial Hemp in Kentucky



Good gosh, do people have to be beat over the head with a hemp stalk before they can see the viability of industrial hemp?
Walt

Wartburg, TN

#18 Feb 12, 2013
Back in the early years of this country, you could pay your taxes with hemp. If you had land that was unused, you were required to grow hemp on it. Hemp helped make this country great.

It takes trees used for pulpwood (paper) production 20 years to mature, hemp out performs that ten fold every year.
wtf

Virgie, KY

#19 Feb 12, 2013
It was competition to the BIG OIL that caused the "reefer madness" that took over Capitol Hill. There was the madness, in politicians who were in BIG OIL pockets. Brazil runs their country off sugarcane, not one gallon of crude oil is imported. Hemp was used before kerosene was invented. We could just about run the country, build the country back, if politicians would come to their senses, stop listening to corrupt law enforcement who are after profit from drugs, and let the people speak.

“Plumb Tickled To Death!”

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#20 Feb 14, 2013
Kentucky Senate approves bill to license hemp farmers

"The Kentucky Senate voted 31-6 to pass legislation Thursday that would license farmers to grow industrial hemp, should the federal government legalize the crop.

The proposal advances to the House, where Speaker Greg Stumbo has suggested the issue needs more study to see if potential economic benefits outweigh the concerns of law enforcement officials.

The only Senator who did not vote on the bill was Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester. Afterward, Stivers declined to tell reporters why he did not vote, saying he was in a hurry to get home for Valentine's Day."

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/14/2517249/ke...

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