Friday, March 8, 2013

Kentucky and Industrial Hemp: A Battle over a No-Brainer

When one deals with Industrial Hemp long enough, one finds himself in the arena of Fools.  The term fool can mean many things and can mean many people, but when a single person talks at once about local economies of scale and unemployment and then talks about Hemp as if it could do nothing, then you know, then it has been confirmed, that you are in the presence of a Fool.

Enter House Speaker Gregg Stumbo.

Kentucky had McKee as its primary obstructionist and that seemed to be enough.  No vote and no Hemp.  But when Comer took the battle to the farmer in McKee’s own region, about 70 farmers told McKee let go.  The fool let go.

Now Kentucky has another much stronger obstructionist by the name of Stumbo.  The name is unique but the argument is the same.  I have heard it many times and it plays out in my mind over and over.

I have seen politicians like Stumbo before.  They are a dime a dozen and are the puke after the party.

I was proud of Ron Paul for doing his best to make Hemp a topic of discussion.  It is very hard to be the only thing being heard, Rep. Paul did his best.  And now the torch passes onto the state players.  Yes, there is a federal hemp bill, but the real story this time plays on the local stages across America in Capitols and farmer bureau meetings.

This play is hard to watch, but it also tells a story.  A story about people following a fool and trying to gain a champion.  It again is a difficult story and a sad one.  I wish I could tell you it ends well, but it probably won’t. 

Money wins.  It will always win.  And Hemp has enemies with money. 

Will House Speaker Stumbo listen to the people?  No.

Will the people and their vision with Hemp be allowed to prevail?  NO.

The voter needs the courage to tell another story.  Hemp is waiting and while Americans aren’t working.


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