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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Ron Paul's Sleeper Issue: Industrial Hemp

Most readers know that Ron Paul is in the front lines of the fight
against the drug war.
But a lesser-known aspect of that issue may garner support from an
important segment: farmers.
Last month, The Economist focused on the fight by Iowa farmersto get
the right to grow the cannabis plant to produce industrial hemp, which
can provide cheaper alternatives for paper, plastics, and one of the
healthiest food oils available. On the political side, the article
explains "Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and presidential candidate,
could win over farmers in Iowa because of his pro-hemp lobbying. In
February he introduced a bill in Congress that would allow Americans to
grow it."
Today's New York Times has an article about North Dakota farmerswanting
to get in on the hemp boom:
Though federal authorities ban the growing of hemp, saying it contains
tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance better known as THC in
marijuana, six states this year considered legislation to allow farmers
to grow industrial hemp, and Representative Ron Paul, Republican of
Texas, introduced a bill in Washington that would let states allow such
crops. The economist article is at and
the New York Times article is at

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