Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hemp Fight a Preview of 2015 Governor's Race

Yes, it's Jack vs. Jaime two years early, and this time the one in sync with the zeitgeist and pushing for progress is the repug, and the one standing athwart history shouting STOP is the dem.

Gregory Hall at the Courier:

The argument over whether Kentucky farmers can begin growing hemp — as soon as next year — got hotter on Wednesday with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway issuing a written opinion that the crop is still illegal, and farmers who grow it could be prosecuted.

Anyone who intentionally grows the crop “will expose themselves to potential criminal liability and the possible seizure of property,” Conway’s opinion said.That prompted a challenge from state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s office, suggesting that neither the federal or state government would charge growers.“The law is that industrial hemp is legal in Kentucky. If the feds aren’t going to prosecute industrial hemp, surely the attorney general of Kentucky isn’t going to move forward with prosecuting hemp farmers,” said Holly VonLuehrte, Comer’s general counsel and spokeswoman.
Comer is leaving the Democratic gubernatorial field in the dust, and has been since he was inaugurated two years ago.

The only hope dems have to keep the governor's office is if I'm wrong about Crit Luallen not running.

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