Fire up the tractors, boys, it's time to hoe some rows!

Fire up the tractors, boys, it’s time to hoe some rows!

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has avowed to push for industrial hemp cultivation licenses to start being issued to farmers throughout the state by the end of 2013.

Commissioner Comer’s motivation stems from the recent memorandum that was released by the United States Attorney General’s office listing their adjusted focal points in respect to enforcing the Controlled Substances Act in states that have implemented some form of marijuana legalization.

In a nutshell, the memorandum in question pronounces that as long as states enforce strict regulatory frameworks concerning marijuana laws then the federal government wouldn’t intercede.

“This is a major victory for Kentucky’s farmers and for all Kentuckians,” Commissioner Comer proclaimed. “Two years ago, the Obama administration would not even discuss the legalization of industrial hemp. But through a bipartisan coalition of Kentucky leaders, we forced their hand. We refused to listen to the naysayers, passed a hemp bill by a landslide, and our state is now on the forefront of an exciting new industry. That’s called leadership.”

Back in March of this year, Kentucky Congress members voted all but unanimously to pass Senate Bill 50, which received a vote of 88 to 4 in the state’s House of Representatives and passed with a vote of 35 to 1 in the Senate chambers.

Senate Bill 50 was written to permit Kentucky farmers to cultivate the beneficial crop if and when the federal government’s restrictions surrounding the plant were ever relaxed or reformed.

240px-Seal_of_Kentucky.svgAttorney for Kentucky’s Agriculture Department, Luke Morgan, has acknowledged that the United States Attorney General’s newest memorandum gives his state the proverbial green light to move forward with their plans to farm industrial hemp.

“The DOJ memo removes any question that SB 50 and the changes to Kentucky’s laws in this legislation may be immediately implemented,” Morgan wrote in a statement. The memorandum in his opinion will “clarify that the federal government does not and will not view Kentucky’s industrial hemp as an illegal product.”

Brian Furnish, chairman of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission, echoed Luke Morgan’s views affirming that the Department of Justice’s memorandum gives the impression that it’s okay to start hoeing rows as soon as the details have been worked out at a state level.

“I don’t want to do anything that’s going to break any law, get any farmer in trouble or put a black eye on hemp in Kentucky,” Furnish decreed. “But I don’t see how they could prevent us from growing hemp in Kentucky if they’re going to let other states grow marijuana.”

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As an infant, Erik was accidently abandoned by his parents at Hempfest after they overindulged on the local offerings. Unfortunately for him, a band of stoner Gypsies informally adopted him and raised him as one of their own until he one day realized his clothes were abnormally different than everyone around him, which was weird considering he came to this conclusion while attending another Hempfest in hopes of finding his birth parents. After the shocking realization that he was indeed not a professional hobo with weird, gastly, outlandish clothing, he fled his Gypsy family and took refuge in the hills of the Emerald Triangle. It was in those very hills where Erik discovered his true purpose in life, cultivating marijuana! He spent years living in the hills of the Triangle mastering the craft of popping great crops of delicious sticky icky before deciding to come down from the mountain and rejoin civilization. Once Erik reacclimated himself to society, he acquired a laptop, setup his home garden, purchased a bong and began blogging marijuana-related news stories in hopes of spreading the truth about the plant and its medicinal properties. Erik is so pro-marijuana that if cut, he bleeds weed. Wanna hit? Then load up that bong and toke along!

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3 Responses

  1. MeeMan

    Every time I hear the word Kentucky, I hear the words, “… blue moon, of Kentucky, keep on shining,…” I’ve obviously been brainwashed by Elvis songs during the 70s.
    Now Kentucky can have “green” fields with its Blue Moon. Not long before they have a green sky too, if they get around to legalising Cannabis recreationally. Oh man, KFC will boom! Say good-bye to fat-free diets then! lmao The happiest, greasiest, fattest stoners in the Union.

  2. joshua christensen

    Cannabis is food, fuel, shelter, clothing and medicine. Industrial hemp has a myriad of uses from biodegradable cellulose plastics to a medicine low in thc but high in cbd’s found to be effective on cancers, seizures, MS, chrons, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

    The windfall of the end of prohibition will be huge, economy’s can and will spring from it. What if we stopped using cotton which requires vast amounts of water, fetalizer and pesticides and started printing currency on hemp paper which favors being grown organically and uses less water and fewer pesticides if any.

    If the state is so excited about potential tax revenue I might suggest that the state grow hemp itself along roadways and highways using the seed oil for city buses and semis, the hurds for FEMA camps and the fibers for prison clothes. Also in states that do not favor MMJ, hemp can be sown as a deturant for growers for if hemp cross-polinates MMJ the result is low in thc and worthless for smoking, so it could be used as a boon for law enforcment. So if the state wants to grow its net worth, cultivate hemp and quit taxing the hell out of your constituents.

    Repeal prohibition and end human rights violations, hempforhumanity.

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