Letter: Strange bed fellows
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. Good for them! Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have teamed up with 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 be converted into lubricating and fuel oils, plastics, building material, clothing and paper. It can be grown in just about any environment and requires little attendance or pesticides.
The United States is the world’s largest consumer of hemp products. Hemp is grown just about everywhere in the world – except the United States, where it is still illegal. 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!
Kentucky, which used to be the hub of hemp growing in these United States, is once more poised (with the help of McConnell) to take the lead in hemp growing. What a boon to our economy, not to mention the jobs it will create.