Monday, February 18, 2013

Interesting: Senators McConnell and Paul team up to bring grass back to the Bluegrass State...

The grass they want to bring back is industrial hemp, but somewhere Gatewood Galbraith is smiling. Gatewood was a colorful perennial Kentucky candidate for Governor who ran primarily on the issue of marijuana legalization.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have teamed up in an unlikely duo to high-five plans to legalize it–hemp, that is.

The Senate minority leader cosponsored a bill with two Oregon senators Thursday to federally legalize hemp, a variety of the plant species that also produces marijuana. If passed, the bill will downgrade the virtually-harmless hemp from its current federal standing as a Schedule I illegal drug, the FDA’s most severe classification (other Schedule I drugs include heroin and LSD).

“During these tough economic times, this legislation has the potential to create jobs and provide a boost to Kentucky’s economy and to our farmers and their families,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday.

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