More on the Drug War

No sooner than I suggest that the U.S. follow Mexico’s lead, a bill is introduced in the House that would be step in that direction. The bill is proposed by two longshot presidential candidates, Ron Paul (R-TX) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). Ron Paul (who deserves a serious look as a presidential candidate):

“It is indefensible that the United States government prevents American farmers from growing this crop. The prohibition subsidizes farmers in countries from Canada to Romania by eliminating American competition and encourages jobs in industries such as food, auto parts and clothing that utilize industrial hemp to be located overseas instead of in the United States,” said Dr. Paul. “By passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act the House of Representatives can help American farmers and reduce the trade deficit — all without spending a single taxpayer dollar.”

Sounds good to me, although the drug war lobby will likely prevent this bill from going anywhere. Nevertheless, it’s good to see the idea at least getting looked at.

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