My February 20 post listed ten things that nobody warned me about being a hemp activist. Number 5 was my comment about politics : “5. Nobody warned me that I’d be more connected to and interested in politics ~ Politics? For most of my life I totally shied away from that subject. But now that my eyes have been opened, yeah, I’m watching politics very closely.”
I’ve been watching politicians and their stances on hemp legalization. One person that stands out is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul was a chief sponsor of the HR 1866, “The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009.”
“It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, from competing in the global industrial hemp market,” said Representative Ron Paul during his introduction of the bill yesterday before the U.S. House. “Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and co-sponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.”
He also co-sponsored HB 1831, “The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.”
Ron Paul has continuously stated that hemp as an alternative crop in the United States and with a free-market approach will not only help our economy, but help our nation’s environment as well.
Neighboring nations grow hemp legally, but because it is illegal to grow hemp without the proper permits from the DEA (which is nearly impossible at this point), the U.S. is the largest importer of hemp, much of which comes from neighboring Canada.
In a recent speech at a North Dakota campaign stop, Ron Paul again stressed the importance of legalizing hemp farming, “free-market approach is ideal for protecting the environment…farmers should be allowed to cultivate hemp as an alternate crop.”
Ron Paul is just one of many politicians and lawmakers who welcome and support industrial hemp farming in the United States. And, while this topic is often a volatile one, it is refreshing to see public servants speak out in favor of ending the prohibition on hemp.
“Hemp is a good product.” ~ Ron Paul