Every time I see a politician so vehemently against industrial hemp, my first reaction is a quick knot to my stomach. It was just too easy to research what would preclude Speaker Greg Stumbo from responding to this bill in a logical way. As has been the case since the beginning of prohibition, when laws don’t make sense, follow the money!
According to a quick Wikipedia search, “As an indication of his commitment to Kentucky’s coal industry, Stumbo built his home in Prestonburg on a clearing where a mountaintop used to be, near the manicured, 18-hole Stone Crest Golf Course.”
There it is. Greg Stumbo is committed to the Coal Industry! AND apparently, he plans to reamin loyal to that commitment, even if there is proof that historically, Kentucky has benefited from a booming hemp industry.
I find it suspicious that someone in Speaker Stumbo’s position would not take it upon himself to know that using hemp biomass to make charcoal could eliminate the need to burn petroleum coal. Hemp biomass burns with virtually no sulfur emissions or ash, which minimize acid rain caused by the burning of coal. Which would be a good thing, right? Well, that depends.
Sounds like a new hemp industry in his state could eventually impinge on the coal industry and that may not be good for politics.
All I am saying is that when you have enough people wanting to change antiquated laws, and people like Stumbo get in the way, it is obvious our democracy is broken.
As a hemp clothing manufacturer, I look forward to the day I can buy hemp grown from “free” America as opposed to the hemp I now have to purchase from “communist” China. Isn’t it ironic?
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