October 28, 2014

US House District 7 candidates answer questions

SF Gate
Dale: Although it is almost never discussed, the 2014 Farm Bill legalized hemp but restricting it so it cannot be generally cultivated legally. Even in states that have legalized recreational and medical marijuana cultivating low THC, commercial hemp is more restricted. To allow hemp's general cultivation would allow small producers nationwide to produce raw material for three major industries now dominated by highly capitalized, wealthy commodity crop farmers and giant timber concerns, those industries are: cotton for textiles, corn for ethanol and timber for pulp. ... Legalizing commercial hemp for general cultivation would create tens of thousands of new income opportunities and would democratize the farm sector and take tons of carcinogens out of the environment.

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