Published DateTo the editor,
What do a Republican, a Libertarian and a couple of Democrats have in common? They are all sponsoring a bill that would legalize the growing of hemp in this country. Good for them! Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have teamed up with a couple of senators from Oregon to federally legalize hemp.
This plant is an unbelievable example of nature's gifts to mankind. It can produce clean fuel, a high quality protein for animal and human food and one of the best edible oils that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp can also be converted into lubricating and fuel oils, plastics, building material, clothing and paper. It can be grown in just about any environment and requires very little attendance or pesticides.
The U.S. is the world's largest consumer of hemp products, which is grown just about everywhere in the world — except the United States where it is still illegal to grow, which begs the question why? The hemp laws were motivated by special interests, namely Dupont, the lumber industry and William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate who happened to own lots of forests! You've heard the old song: "Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you"? That just about sums up the qualities of this wonderful plant.
Kentucky, which used to be the hub of hemp growing in these United States, is once more poised, (with the help of Mitch Mcconnell, who happens to represent that state) to again take the lead in hemp growing. What a boom to our economy not to mention the jobs it will create. While you're waiting for Congress to act go out and buy yourself some hemp powder and sprinkle it on your smoothie. Your body will love you for it.