❝Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.❞ ~ Thomas Jefferson
Legal Hemp? It’s still a fairly bold prediction, considering lawmakers’ track record on the issue.
From David Borden for Alternet
I attended a forum on marijuana legalization at The Brookings Institution Monday, where Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), one of a handful of Congressional champions of marijuana law reform, was one of the speakers. Along with his general optimism for where the issue is going, Blumenauer predicted that the current Congress — #113, in office this year and next — will legalize hemp growing.
That may be a less bold prediction than in the past — with the highest-ranking Republican senator supporting hemp now, Mitch McConnell, it should be more likely — but it’s still a fairly bold prediction, when one thinks about just how long Congress has refused to do anything for this utterly no-brainer of an issue. One of Blumenauer’s reasons was that a House bill to legalize hemp growing, H.R. 525, also is being sponsored by a Kentucky Republican, Thomas Massie.
~ David Borden is executive director of DRCnet.