McConnell: Time to Legalize Hemp
It doesn't mean what you think it means
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2013 5:09 PM CST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Mitch McConnell is making a lot of headlines for throwing his support yesterday behind a push to legalize hemp. But he's talking the industrial variety—a farm crop with nowhere near the potency of its marijuana cousin, reports NBC News. McConnell thinks Kentucky farmers should be able to grow the stuff, which is used to make everything from rope to soap, but they can't do so now because the federal government classifies it as an illegal drug on par with heroin and LSD.

"McConnell has a point," writes Joel Connelly at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Industrial hemp became legal in Canada in 1998, after a 60-year absence, and has helped revitalize depressed timber towns in British Columbia." Fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul co-sponsored the bill with McConnell, along with Oregon's two Democratic senators. One group opposed: the Kentucky state police, which is worried about a slippery slope to the legalization of pot in the state.

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savdavis
Feb 17, 2013 8:53 PM CST
I think he believes BOTOX comes from Hemp..Notice his face when he speaks,,,,,,only his lower Jaw moves.
oldfarmer
Feb 17, 2013 10:13 AM CST
It looks like there are alot of young folk on here that don't know Hemp was used years ago and only became illegal when DuPont made synthetic fibers. That way DuPont eliminated his competition. and furthered his riches at the cost of farmers. In the 70s The U.S Government did a study on legal and Illegal drugs using college campus and local bar receipts to fight drug use.when bar sales and violent crime went down they knew a shipment of pot was on campus In the early days Alcohol was used as a Drug. Why is the FDA not regulating the use of this Drug.some info on the war on drugs. in the past 40 years the amount and quality has increased Marijuana is illegal because Pharmaceutical and Alcohol produces lobby the money grabbing people you elected to work in your best interest work in there best interest then Lie bold face to you. IF you are an American Indian you may legally use peyote in religious ceremony's. IE Party's.
MarkFL
Feb 17, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Actually Newser, it does mean exactly what I think it means because I know the meaning of words.