Editor’s Note: Like the legendary broken clock, libertarians can do some things right from time to time. In the case of Ron Paul, his opposition to war, even in principle, is salutary at this junction, and this proposal merits applause. Hemp is long overdue for re-evaluation, and it’s only the usual combination of corporate interests and prudish reactionaries that keeps this plant in the dungeon of “verbotens”. The petition for the approval of hemp is no gratuitous pursuit by hedonists, but a logical and well-cogitated demand by well-informed citizens.—PG
Let It Grow
By RALPH NADER
Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011″ on May 11th of this year. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States.
Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA – a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow.