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Rand Paul Wants Legal Hemp

August 27, 2012 by  

Rand Paul Wants Legal Hemp
Even though 27 States have made some moves to facilitate hemp production, farmers who grow the plants still risk Federal raids.

Senator Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) is currently working to do away with Federal laws that classify industrial hemp in the same way as marijuana, a move that he says would have lasting economic benefits.

Currently, the Federal government effectively prohibits production of the non-hallucinogenic plant that can be used to make products including twine, paper and clothing. Even though 27 States have made some moves to facilitate hemp production, farmers who grow the plants still risk Federal raids.

“The rest of the world can grow hemp and we’re not, so we’re losing out on that product,” Paul said. “You know our farmers are one of the greatest parts of our economy. We do things very well in agriculture. If we would legalize hemp I think we would be one of the leaders of the world. I think we have a chance of passing it.”

Paul presented legislation in the Senate last month — similar to a House bill proposed by his father Ron — that would make it legal for farmers to grow industrial hemp crops.

Hemp advocates contend that by allowing hemp farming, the $400 million industry would lead to “instant job creation.” Pointing out that hemp is widely used in the manufacture of clothing, it was noted recently that President Barack Obama is raising campaign funds by selling a Monique Péan scarf on his website made of 45 percent cotton and 55 percent hemp. The hemp is imported from China.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Harold Olsen

    Personally, I would not want to see marijuana legalized and if it were put to a nationwide vote, I’d vote against it. I do think, however, that it is inevitable that it will be legalized. Many states have passed laws legalizing it in their states. They can’t seem to grasp the concept that until it is legal on the federal level it is still illegal no matter how many laws states pass. I keep saying that people who want to legalize it locally need to first legalize it on the federal level, otherwise it is just a waste of time to legalize it locally.

    • Vicki

      Since the federal government has no enumerated power to forbid the possession of anything the states should jollywell ignore the federal government and grow as much as they want.

      Now if some of the states choose to forbid the possession of hemp then the federal government DOES have the enumerated power to “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;” and might have to step in and get all the states to properly commerce in hemp since it is an industrial product that is popular in commerce.


        “Vicki,” GREAT COMMENTS.

      • Johnny Weed Seed

        You go girl. Every state is sovereign, but did you learn that in public school? The war on a plant is a war on people. Hemp will bankrupt many petro businesses.

    • Butch

      Harold you are wrong on so many levels. Unless the act is expressly forbidden in the Constitution, the states have the right to pass whatever laws they choose. It was legal to grow hemp during WWII(Google Hemp For Victory) and even George Washigton grew hemp. Seems like yr a victim of the propaganda demonizing marijuana smokers but are gleefully ignorant of all the failures of the Drug War that tramples people’s rights and criminalizes people that would otherwise be law abiding citizens for the bargain of $1TRILLION over 40 years. Gee, why is our nation bankrupt?

      • Mikey

        Butch is absolutely right! I personally no longer use the stuff, but I recognize the rights of individuals to do so in the privacy of their own home. Alcohol, the legal drug, does far more harm than cannabis ever did.

      • vicki

        “Alcohol, the legal drug, does far more harm than cannabis ever did.”

        Which is why many people call the “war on drugs” the war on (some) drugs.

    • Robert Smith

      If Ron Paul is such a great man why hasn’t he been able to put together even this ONE thing and show us how he can lead?


      • Jason Burns

        Rand Paul is NOT Ron Paul

      • Robert Smith

        Well… It looks like he isn’t as good as Obama is either. After all, Obama got health care through.


    • roger

      Harold, you should take a peek at the 9th and 10th amendments. The feds take power they don’t have over the states. While you have your nose in the constitution, look at Article 1, section 8, clause 17. I’m just sayin’………………

    • Jason

      Hemp is NOT marijuana.

    • Chester

      Sir, what does legalizing HEMP have to do with legalizing marijuana? While the two plants are similar, marijuana has been bred for its thc content, while hemp has been bred to minimize thc while maximizing fiber. Hemp seed is also a viable oil crop.

    • Frans

      You dont seem to understand! This HEMP is Not the smoking kind!!!
      Even if it was I will still sauport it because of the numerous helth benifits!!

    • Average Joe

      Harold Olsen,

      You write:

      “Personally, I would not want to see marijuana legalized and if it were put to a nationwide vote, I’d vote against it.”

      The article is about industrial hemp…not marijuana….do you even know the difference? Maybe a bit of research on your part is in order?
      At least have a clue about the subject..before placing both of your feet in your mouth. Thank you for broadcasting your ignorance of the subject at hand.

      Best Wishes,

    • kenwa d’arc

      actually, the law states that states can make laws opposite to the feds. it can work when localities either licence the ‘crime’ or set lesser penalties for the ‘crime’.

    • s c

      Please, Harold, you confused hemp with marijuana. Hemp can put MILLIONS of people to work in a short time. Marijuana is another topic. California had their chance (with medical marijuana), and in TRUE California fashion, they BLEW it.
      Hemp was used mucho in WWII. Unfortunately, we are cursed with a prez who talks about jobs but hasn’t a clue and couldn’t buy a clue if he took an extended trip around the world looking for clues.
      Hemp, yes! Jobs, yes! Obummer, NO WAY! Come on, Harold, W’re trying to educate utopians [and force them to THINK]. We don’t have a chance if we sound like them and make the same mistakes they make 24/7.

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    • coal miner 1

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      Three cheers for Rand Paul, make pot a legal herb also.
      1. Legalize dope and tax it, legalize prostitution and tax it make everything legal and tax it . Prohibition does not work just look at the dope industry and see for yourselves.
      2. Legalize Prostitution in America!
      3. Eliminate driver’s license. You buy it you drive it, without government interference. 4.legalize euthanasia.Lets get rid of these out dated silly laws.The time is now.

      • coal miner 1

        1. HEMP SEED: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source In The …
        Seeds of the plant cannabis sativa, hemp seed, contain all the essential amino … These essential amino acids, along with eleven others the body can make from them …. Blood: The River of Life, Jake Page; Dr. Robert A. Good, Dr. Lawrence S.

      • coal miner 1


        The Many Uses of Hemp:
        For thousands of years, humans have used parts of the hemp plant for food, textiles, … Hempseeds are an excellent source of protein, minerals, and dietary fibre. … Hemp is also good for animals, and some veterinarians recommend it. Hemp can be used to make a variety of fabrics, similar to but more durable than cotton.

  • Tim

    Hemp makes strong, cheap and durable clothing and rope. I would expect wool and cotton producers to oppose this move. But it is not on par with “Marijuana” produced for recreational or medical consumption having very low THC. You’d probably get higher smoking banana peels.

    • Robert Smith

      Nope, it’s Monsanto and the other producers of man made fabrics like nylon and rayon.

      It’s big business that’s opposing competition through fear and hysteria. Reefer Madness forever and all that rot.


      • s c

        Comrade ‘r,’ you and comrade ‘e’ have much in common. Neither of you have learned – or would admit – that Obummer is in bed with MANY corporate types AND Wall Street. If nothing else, you might check out Paul Volcker’s background. He’s a card-carrying member of the WORST corporation in America [the Fed]. So little time to try and INFORM you adled-brained utopians.
        You are living PROOF that public education is, was and remains a waste of money, time effort and lives.

    • coal miner 1

      Very good post.You ar right.

  • roger gunderson

    Of course we should be able to grow hemp. Our mommy and daddy government are so spineless, so afraid of their 180,000 $ job and free insurance and other perks, that they can’t do the right thing for America.

  • eddie47d

    Thank You Paul Rand for showing some common sense with this very durable and worthy product. As far as Marijuana goes the Federal Government can and will control the American people by keeping it a substance I drug and incarcerating millions. The ONLY way to fight them is to enact numerous State and city laws legalizing it and finally bringing THEM around.

  • oldbill

    I don’t care about pot. I use both hemp seed and hemp protein as supplements. I would rather it not be irradiated (this is a requirement to import it). The oil in the seeds is high quality essential oil and the protein is consistently high quality. All the efforts and cost of fighting marijuana has resulted in a very high grade cash crop that is now exported from the US, with some of it being marked up and re-imported. I don’t think people who use pot are any smarter or dumber than I am for not using, they are just turned into criminals in an effort that has not worked. I’m not about to say pot is safe and benign. Alcohol isn’t. Tobacco isn’t. Prescription drugs aren’t (one of the requirements for prescription drugs is that they must have the capacity to kill!). There is a two fold value in legalizing pot: 1) we will no longer waste billions of dollars in a battle that has been lost, 2) we can tax marijuana as we tax alcohol and tobacco, raising much needed revenue. The tax revenue far exceeds the cost of treating addicts who are likely already using pot.

    • Bill

      Where to start. After reading I don’t know how many posts on this site, I’ve read so many good, thought out, legit posts, but yours – probably the best.

      • Mark


    • kenwa d’arc

      along with saving public money from the lack of funding enforcement, and along with the taxing of recreational and medical ganja, there are the industrial purposes of hemp, which in 1936 was the first billion dollar crop in those values of the dollar. this crop can make 10,000 different products which not only could but would make tens of thousands of new companies and new business even if they all diversified into 20 products per company.

    • Jean Hall

      Have you tried organic out of Canada I have’nt reorded mine yet. To your health Jean

  • John OConnor

    One of the reasons hemp is illegal was that Hearst had invested in timber for his pulp mills to make paper for his newspapers. Hemp which makes an equal or better grade of paper could not be so easily controlled as any farmer could start producing it so Hearst demonized it.
    Bush Sr. was shot down in WW2. His clothes contained hemp. His parachute was made from hemp. The oil in his plane contained hemp. Yet he was one of the staunchest supporters to keep it illegal.
    Do you realize how many acres of trees it takes to make the newspapers for one day? Hemp would not only be good for the economy but also the environment.

    • Tom T

      You are correct sir! Most of the uniforms worn by the USMC in the pacific were made from hemp. It amazes me that prohibition taught our government nothing. These morons don’t realize that it’s really not the role of government to legislate a plant that can do so much good.
      The Lakota Sioux are fighting to grow industrial hemp as an income crop as they have found they can build homes with it. The grow it on tribal land which is sovereign. Yet they are constantly raided by the Feds keeping Sioux Unemployment at a whopping 80%.

    • SJJolly

      What we really have is pharmacological orthodoxy. Some drugs, even those with lethal side effects, are blessed by Big Pharma, thus are legal. Others, such as marajuana, are not blessed, for various reasons, thus are suppressed — declared heretic. Hemp, even with very little of the active ingredent of drug use marajuana, is banned as being a “fellow traveler” of the heretic variety (Will future generations think our drug policies are insane? Most certainly.)

  • nw

    Legalize hemp will definitely help the trade deficit. This hemp is not marijuana that is smoked, it’s not about legalizing smoking hemp. Have you ever researched what hemp is used for? My God, it is good for everything. We have to import hemp instead of growing it ourselves, and I’d be highly suspiscious of anything coming from China. I’d pay twice the price if Made in the USA hemp were available.

  • rick

    What’s he thinking? These laws were established specifically to remove hemp from the marketplace to make way for Dupont’s more expensive nylon. Otherwise, they never would have gotten the bid to produce rope for the US Navy during WWII. We can’t undo this and subject our royal corporations to a free marketplace.

  • http://PersonalLibertySite Elmer C. Ripley

    As I recall parachutes were constructed of nylon and silk during the second world war. Nylon and silk was the key product and was banned for making womens stockings. Hemp was never used to my knowledge for chutes.

    • Chester

      I have never heard of hemp being used any place you needed high strength AND light weight. Hemp IS strong, but is not a light weight material. Silk is strong, and lighter than hemp, but not as light as nylon. As I remember, most of the WW2 parachutes were silk rather than nylon, as nylon stockings were used during and immediately after the war as trading goods on the black markets,

      • Murph

        @Elmer and Chester. Sort of but actually, WWII parachuttes were made of mainly rayon, not nylon, and as far as silk, the WWII shortage was due to the inability to import it from Japan, (the main source for silk then). During WWII, the US Department of Agriculture opened a “Hemp for Victory” campaign, giving free hemp seed and draft deferments to any farmer willing to grow hemp for the war effort. The hemp was used for clothing, rope and cordage, and chutes, (you can google this, it’s well documented). Oh, and the rayon for the chutes was made of hemp, (rayon can be made from any plant, it’s the cellulose that is needed, and hemp is much higher in cellulose content than wood or cotton). Anyway, just so you know. It’s hard to find on hemp, anytime hemp is involved in the conversation, the propaganda machine tries to ignore it’s value. Strange and wierd I know, but very true.

  • alllan higgins

    The War on Plants. There was no “war on plants” (drug war) in 1947. Today the US has the largest amount of people in cages per population by a factor of four (see “Kidnapping and Ransom Rampant in the US”). The US has nearly 800 people in cages per 100,000. The US has 5% of the population of the Earth and 25% of the total incarcerated. Of total arrests in 2008, 90.7% were for non-crimes (ie. victimless crimes). Now, possession of a dried flower that millions, including Prime Murderer In Chief, Barack Obomber, enjoy regularly is reason to haul someone off in the night

    • Johnny Weed Seed

      You sound like Jeff Berwick of TDV.

  • Benjamin Fox

    Paul wants to legalize all drugs, we don’t have enough problems now? He is a nut job.

    • Average Joe

      Benjamin Fox ,

      Please provide any statements from “Paul’s” own mouth to support your claims. I’ll settle for just one. you’ve made an accusation…now back it up with factual evidence.

      Good luck,

    • Jay

      Your statement, BF, is very misleading; and purposely so, i would imagine. Again, concerning the legalization of drugs, Ron Paul stated that it should be the sole responsibility of each State to decide, and not, for the Federal government to decide. Capish?

    • kenwa d’arc

      what we should do is legalize all drugs, making hard, addictive, and abusive drugs legal and licenced through drug counselors gathered from the drug using public for their wisdom, while soft, non physically addictive, and non abusing drugs legal for sale in any store to those above the age of 15. a year is needed prior to driving to show the kids the effects of drugs so as to be dutifully aware of any real dangers. such harmless drugs are cannabis marijuana ganja, hallucinogenic haloseegems, tobacco, controlled use of alcohol, and nitrous oxide, noting that these are the drugs that hippies use after the culture learned their lessons of many hard drugs in the 1960′s. halo

    • kenwa d’arc

      what we should do is legalize all drugs, making hard, addictive, and abusive drugs legal and licenced through drug counselors gathered from the drug using public for their wisdom, while soft, non physically addictive, and non abusing drugs legal for sale in any store to those above the age of 15. a year is needed prior to driving to show the kids the effects of drugs so as to be dutifully aware of any real dangers. such harmless drugs are cannabis marijuana ganja, hallucinogenic haloseegems, tobacco, controlled use of alcohol, and nitrous oxide, noting that these drugs are usually used by hippies whom have learned their lessons from the use of drugs of the 1960′s. a year of use of these safer drugs is needed prior to driving to teach about the effects of drugs and prevent drunk driving. cannabis marijuana ganja is recommended for the ability to drive. haloseegems have been used in every culture in the world in religious ceremonies. ambrosia was said to make a user immortal, while soma was said to make a user a god. without them, you are nobody, as lacking proper identity. they are meant to be used in their most natural forms.


  • FreedomFighter

    Hemp is a great cash crop, makes all sort of things, rope, clothes meds and all kinda things

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

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  • Liberterian

    Don’t only legalize the use of hemp but also marijuana and end the drug war. Our economy would gain two fold and the violent crime would plummet. Get rid of all the costly federal agencies that are supported by an endless, non productive drug war that stops nothing from coming into this country. It’s time to get realistic, like Ron Paul has stated before.

    • coal miner 1


      “Alcohol didn’t cause the high crime rates of the ’20s and ’30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today’s alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.”

      “Trying to wage war on 23 million Americans who are obviously very committed to certain recreational activities is not going to be any more successful than Prohibition was.”

      US District Judge James C. Paine, addressing the Federal Bar Association in Miami, November, 1991

  • coal miner 1

    Food, Fiber, Fuel, Medicine … The hempseed is the only source of food from the hemp plant. … It is also a good source of Gamma linoleic Acid (GLA) which is otherwise available only from specialty oils like evening primrose oil or borage oils.

    • Jay

      So true. The benefit from Hemp, both, as a source of food, and a source to meet all our energy needs, is mind-bogelling. It doesn’t take a genius to understand why it has been suppressed, however! Hemp= The tree of Life!

  • Jay

    History tid-bit:

    Going back to 1619 America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, VA. All farmers were ordered to grow Indian hemp seed. Mandatory cultivation laws were enacted in MA in 1631, in CT in 1632, and in the Chesapeake colonies in the 1700’s.

    Cannabis hemp was even used as legal tender in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800’s. The reason for making it legal tender was to encourage farmers to grow more. You could then pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years. If you did not grow hemp during periods of shortages, you could be jailed.

    In fact George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grow this crop on their plantations.

    Hemp has been grown for over 12,000 years for textiles, fiber, and food. There are established hemp growers in China, Romania, Hungary, and France. It is also now grown in Australia, Canada, Britain and Germany where for decades there had been none.

    The US has an experimental crop being grown in Hawaii under a government license.

  • Vicki

    If you are a truly free people the government can NOT stop you from growing your own plants and making whatever you want out of them.

  • coal miner

    Back Rand Paul.

  • Fred

    Industrial Hemp is far different variety of crop than the stuff used for a high. It has a multitude of uses including making a superior quality paper. I don’t get high and I say give industrial hemp a try. Never would have guessed that so many folks who don’t even get high would be so paranoid. ;-)

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