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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
Join Forces to Legalize Hemp

Reason, by Matthew Hurtt

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Posted By:zoidberg, 3/4/2013 2:27:24 PM

Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970. Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal as growing smokable pot, 10 states already have frameworks

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: youngtexan, 3/4/2013 2:30:53 PM     (No. 9207942)

We´ve got far more important things to pass/block than worry about trying to legalize Hemp/Marajuana, ect.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 3/4/2013 2:34:05 PM     (No. 9207950)

Ive always thought that a drug-free environment is best. But, given the way the USA is going, perhaps I could deal with it better if I were stoned most of the time.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/4/2013 2:51:17 PM     (No. 9207999)

I was once dismissed from jury duty when I said I was in favor of legalizing drugs.

If people want to destroy themselves, who am I to stand in their way.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 3/4/2013 2:58:44 PM     (No. 9208017)

Read the article. Industrial-grade hemp isn´t smokable marijuana. People who grow actual marijuana out of doors don´t want hemp to be legalized, because it cross-pollinates with the grass and makes it weak.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/4/2013 3:03:06 PM     (No. 9208024)

Libertarianism is the wave of the future. The Republican Party should have been inviting libertarians into the fold years ago, instead of alowing the Libertarian Party to get just strong enough to bend election results to Democrats´ advantage, as has happened dozens of times during the past decade.

Although as a Christian and a conservative, I abhor abortion and disagree on this issue with the libertarians, who are basically pro-choice on everything, I have concluded that the War on Drugs has been just as bad a mistake as Prohibition, which gave rise to the mafia.

The narcotrafficantes of today are worse than Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Albert Anastasia, and the other la cosa nostra types by orders of magnitude. Back in the Nineteenth Century, cocaine and heroin were legal, and abuse of those drugs was uncommon. The megabucks in today´s black markets have corrupted politicians, police, and the criminals who sell the stuff.

My mentor WFB, a libertarian as much as a conservative, favored legalization of drugs. (He didn´t use recreational drugs and neither do I.) I realize that there some--even at this site--who are violently opposed to legalization, and would recommend the executions of people involved in that business. I disagree, and my disrespect for the abolitionist statists--conservative and liberal--is growing. It´s just another way to fatten our socialist-fascist government and erode our civil liberties. Leave people alone!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 3/4/2013 3:34:45 PM     (No. 9208086)

My wife wins a long-standing argument. She is in favor of legalizing pot, I have been against. I can see the writing on the wall. It´s now a done deal. I can live with it (especially since I don´t smoke).

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Reply 7 - Posted by: yuban, 3/4/2013 4:05:56 PM     (No. 9208136)

The GOP keeps moving Left. Hemp for commercial use is fine but to be spending time on this at this point in history is foolish. Libertarians are more Leftist than they are Right. Welcome to Rome, and we know how that all turned out.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fritzilou, 3/4/2013 4:44:40 PM     (No. 9208191)

Do they really want to drive us all away???

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/4/2013 5:01:30 PM     (No. 9208223)

#7, you are wrong. Libertarians are NOT more left than right. I often agree with them because I don´t think government should be involved in our daily personal lives. I believe in freedom first. Of course there need to be some laws but we have become way to restrictive over the past 100 years. Drug laws neve really had anything to do with public health or safety--they were based on control and big lobbies (like alcohol) were behind their passage. They used the other arguments as red herrings. Alcohol is one of the worst and most destructive drugs there is...yet it remains legal. Think about it. Freedom or control? It is up to you.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/4/2013 5:03:49 PM     (No. 9208230)

#8, why would that drive you away? Hemp is not something that anyone would want to smoke. But it does have lots of great industrial uses. Just because it is related to Marijuana doesn´t mean it is the same as drugs... It was silly to outlaw hemp in the first place.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Axeman, 3/4/2013 5:24:29 PM     (No. 9208249)

Hemp is a 100% useful plant. Rich in oil, very strong fiber, protein in the seeds, waste products are great compost, and it grows, well, like a weed. It has almost zero drug quality. It is genetically adaptable for every trait, like fiber strength or oil quality. it would be an excellent ag product.
Unfortunately it is almost indistinguishable from the drug plant.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 3/4/2013 5:28:40 PM     (No. 9208256)

The government has no right at all to tell any individual what he or she may ingest.

The "War On Drugs" would be farcical - - if it weren´t for the fact that it´s been responsible for the deaths of untold thousands of innocent victims - - and has cost all of us trillions of dollars of our wealth.

Private intoxication is none of the government´s business. All substances must be legal for consumption based on personal choice. Public intoxication can be dangerous and must be monitored and controlled. But any proscription of intoxication on private property is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter, 3/4/2013 5:50:06 PM     (No. 9208277)

I have enjoyed talking politics with libertarians. Agreed, they shouldn´t be is missed as loons who care ONLY about legalizing pot. They also tend to think conservatives and libertarians should join forces. Generally, an intelligent friendly conversation rolls along until I ask a question. Are libertarians willing to support pro-life and pro-traditional marriage conservatives? Uh-no. They say a successful politcal alliance would mean we give up that stuff. See? Just my (limited) experience with libertarians.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 3/4/2013 7:54:08 PM     (No. 9208409)

I read somewhere that hemp will neutralize marijuana´s drug properties when the two are in close proximity. Can anyone confirm that?
Might be a handy way to shut down outdoor grow-ops...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: brdg, 3/4/2013 7:55:45 PM     (No. 9208412)

Dems: Legalize it so we can tax it.

Reps: Legalize it to make room in jail for more democrats.

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