LEGALIZE HEMP

If you have any doubt that America’s $45 billion-a-year drug war is a waste of money, an affront to our nation’s liberties, and an exercise in zealous, bureaucratic goofiness – go talk to farmers in North Dakota.

If you have any doubt that America’s $45 billion-a-year drug war is a waste of money, an affront to our nation’s liberties, and an exercise in zealous, bureaucratic goofiness – go talk to farmers in North Dakota.

To help boost the state’s distressed farm economy, North Dakota’s agricultural and political leaders have been pushing the idea of raising an ecologically-sound, easily-grown cash crop: industrial hemp. This natural product is already popular in the US, where it’s a key ingredient in such common items as clothing, paper, foods, building materials, shampoos, car bodies… even beer.

Enjoying Hightower? How about a weekly email that gives you the full scoop?

You can buy these hemp products, but – here comes the goofiness – our farmers are not allowed to grow the hemp! Instead, it comes from Canada, China, and elsewhere.

Why? Because the Drug Enforcement Agency says that this plant, a distant cousin to the marijuana plant, contains a tiny trace of tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive substance that gives marijuana its oomph. Never mind that you couldn’t get high if you smoked a bale of hemp, the drug nannies have outlawed its production

North Dakota – not a bastion of pot-smoking hippies – has passed legislation to authorize plantings of industrial hemp, and the first farmer seeking DEA permission to proceed is a high school principal and Republican state legislator. “Do I look shady?” He asks. “This is not any subversive thing… this is just practical agriculture.”

Well, says the DEA, maybe you’re not shady, but shady outsiders could sneak into your field of harmless hemp and spike it with some marijuana plants. So these goofballs have refused to authorize the planting of a crop that could save some family farmers while harming no one.

Rep. Ron Paul has introduced a bill in congress to back off the DEA head cases and allow American farmers to grow hemp. For more information, call Paul’s office: 202-225-2831.

“HEMP It’s a natural high for the economy, the environment & our body politic,” The Hightower Lowdown, May, 1999

“Sober North Dakotans Hope to Legalize Hemp,” www.nytimes.com, July 21, 2007

“War on Drugs,” wikipedia.org, July, 2007

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

Never miss a word from Hightower– sign up today:

Send this to a friend