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    @Emerald1 the problem with that is that it should never be grown as a cash crop and regulated. once it is it'll cut out the individual who wants to plant it in his or her flower garden in front of the house because it'd cut in on someone's profits and taxes. pot should never, ever be taxed.
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    and again, why do you think that it'd be necessary for anyone to grow pot for profit. if it's grown by farmers, they'll be selling it, rather than smoking it and giving it away to friends.
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    @Emerald1 this is so good. For economy, for farms, for environment, for marijuana, in that it makes it impractical to stop growing it as it is the same plant, even for republican appeal to young voters. And dems needing to compete may be forced to start legalizing marijuan in response...
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    If you do your research you will see that hemp was one of the main reasons that the opponents in the textile industry faught so hard to have made illegal due to their own inferior products. The fact that marijuana is illegal when there are do many great byproducts is a complete and utter travesty at all levels.
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    Here is a FANTASTIC and one of the main benefits of legalizing cannabis. Hemp is much better product (in terms of strength and cost) than paper and cotton (as well as other fabrics). Why do you want to stem (ha ha) the progression?

    Just give it up and legalize it already. Stop this charade and allocate the resources to a much more worthwhile cause.
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    So we should outlaw and stop ALL mushroom farmers from farming and growing mushrooms because "some" types of mushrooms can make you feel nice......yeah makes a lot or sense.

    Its simple, research hemp and you will see it was shut down cause a RICH man (William Randolph Hearst ) thought hemp might cause his paper product to lose a dollar or two, and also in KY Big tobacco wants farmers to grow.....TOBACCO!.......
    http://100777.com/drugs/marijuanaconspiracy

    Hemp is a wonderful thing. Ignorance is not.

    If anything should be outlawed, especially in KY (number one in nation for lung cancer) its tobacco plants.

    We have proof tobacco kills.
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    As a resident of Kentucky and a farmer, who is'nt growing anthing now, legalization of Hemp would be a great thing for the economy of the state. My Grandfather grew Hemp during WWII, he said Hemp is easy to grow, with two crops a year possible,using very little fertilizer or pesticides.

    Now as for the police being against Legal Hemp, their motives are easy too understand. Each year the area i live in resembles a Vietnam movie,Blackhawk Helicopters,Humvees, National Guardsmen and state police everywhere,all kinds of overtime and they recieve payment for each plant they destroy. This money goes to police and sheriff departments to buy their new toys for the year!

    Now this is the strange part of this argument, it's a well know fact Hemp can pollinate other Hemp plants or for that matter illegal pot plants up to two miles away! Therefore any illegal pot growing within close proximity to a Hemp field would be pollinized and would be useless as far as smoking to get high! Now seems to me the police would be for this, since it would greatly reduce the amount of illegal pot being grown in the state, and they focus nore important things.
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    Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, why does that not surprise me. A senile old white man and an total idiot, both prime examples of the republican and the tea party.
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    "an total idiot"? Seriously?

    What is sad is that these Republicans are attempting to pass a reasonable law aimed at creating jobs and eliminating a needless ban on a harmless product, and folks such as yourself are attempting to prevent it as a way to "save us from ourselves."
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    I actually agree with them on this. Policy wise and from a political strategy to increase repub party appeal it makes a lot of sense...
  • #32
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    Come on now. Even a blind dog finds a bone now and then. This is a good thing and since the right almost never gets it right, we should encourage them when they do.
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    @PoliticalSpice It is never a good thing that anyone encourages the use of illegal drugs witch is the message you are sending to our children when you sell out our values for a vote and to look good to increase the republican party or any other partys appeal as you say. Think about it, it is wrong on so many different levels
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    It will make it harder for law enforcement to police pot.
    Great!
    Law enforcement can then spend their resources going after murderers, rapists, and child abusers like they should be doing instead of harassing people for consuming a plant.
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    Yes it will hurt Law Enforcement because with hemp legal, they don't get to play the asset-forfeiture-seizure game on the locals and beef up their department's budget. I am sure the private prison operators will complain as well.
  • #33
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    This makes enforcement of marijuana laws impractical. It would require testing each crop. It is the same plant, thc is decreased if grown in cooler weather, with less sun and more water. How easy is that to alter? Visually it looks the same. Botanically it is the same. They would need test each plant. If this law passes it will spread like weed....
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    @PoliticalSpice it wouldn't be impractical if they took the marijuana laws off the books. anyone that is serving time for breaking marijuana laws should be set free.
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    @Fitz well the issue is the war on drugs gives big money to agencies: cops, dea, prisons, etc. and those folks lobby to keep the laws in place. We need to make everyone see the laws as useless before they repeal them. Medical marijuana, legal marijuana, hemp farms, all move us in that direction. Imagine if 30 or 40 states had various laws to grow hemp. What do the feds do then? Inspect every feild? No, they throw in thd towel. This is a tactic. If it works its another state down.
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    @thatgirl rape and murder would be more beneficial use of law enforcement than sending them into the woods to find pot plants that could be creating revenue jobs and enterprise instead of robbing the tax payers pocket
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    @PoliticalSpice True, but I did watch some show I think on the History channel about Moonshining and growing marijuana in Appalachia. The shiners\growers take their craft very seriously and assemble some very clever booby traps. But given it is also their lively hood that is illegal for no good reason who could blame them.
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    @thatgirl Oh I don't know. How about we spend that 300 billion a year the DEA spends on gang enforcement? How about we build a huge prison in the desert somewhere and throw every gang banger in there with no guards, and just drop food and water in? Those animals love to make their own rules. Let them have at it.
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    The only thing smoking hemp will do for you is give you a headache. Weed that you smoke for the effects is different then hemp for textiles. You can't get high of hemp
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    We already use imported hemp products, this just goes to show how important we really think our economy is!
  • #34
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    The banks (the fed) won't like this. They need that black market for their tax free profits. Law enforcement needs those profits to get grants for the delusion of crime fighting.
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    When they say minimal amounts of the same as pot minimal means as in you would have to smoke literally a bale of hemp. On the other hand plant hemp around grass and it cross pollinates destroying the grass as a product to get high. A good way to tick off pot growers. Hemp was pretty much included for outlawing by the cotton industry as a competitive product. This history of hemp is pretty interesting.
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    Law enforcement can be trained to distinguish between the two very easily. It's my understanding that hemp has many valuable applications and would make an excellent cash crop, and not just in Kentucky. I can't see why training inspectors to recognize pot would be any different than taking a storm spotter's class, which they have to do.
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    I agree that hemp is valuable, but enforcement is impractical. They need do a feild by feild inspection. It is the same plant, and only by taking numerous samples and testing for thc will they know if it should be classed as hemp or marijuana. But in any event, since I support legalizing both, I like this...
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    Legalize both, then the cowardly law enforcement agents can spend their time dealing with real crime. That's really what they are objecting to.
  • #36
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    Exactly. Cops attitude is why go after violent criminals who might fight back when you can pursue non-violent folks who bother no one.
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