Believe it or not, squares, but hemp is actually a VERY versatile material!
Now, Kentucky farmers might be able to grow hemp for a variety of products — because a vote passed the state Senate on Thursday! It isn't just some hippie material, and it has a lot of promise as an industry. That is, if the skepticism from the governor and Kentucky State Police don't ruin the chances completely!
Still, the latest 31-6 vote is very promising and could make Kentucky among the first in the nation to legalize the crop, potentially creating thousands of hemp-related jobs growing and processing the plant's fiber and seeds.
The problem is, people are afraid of it because it's a relative to marijuana!
Gov. Steve Beshear is pretending like it's a problem for state police, complicating marijuana enforcement efforts. We think he's probably just super close minded, and if they legalized marijuana it probably wouldn't even be an issue at all! No confusion! LOLz!
The Kentucky State Police argue that allowing hemp production would hamper efforts to eradicate marijuana because the plants look very similar — so don't eradicate marijuana? Follow Colorado and Washington's example!
Here's an interesting fact about hemp, according to the source:
'Hemp used to be used for making ropes and sailcloth until the federal government began restricting production after the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. After World War II, its cultivation was phased out across the country. From the end of the Civil War until 1912, almost all hemp in the U.S. was grown in Kentucky, according to Oregon State University research.'
Kentucky could get back on top of that game!! We're all for it, if it's gonna create jobs!!
Oh, and btw… China is the biggest manufacturer of hemp in the world. Think about that!
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