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The Tide Is Turning
By TeamPureHemp 5/3/2018 2:02 PM Comments

The Tide Is Turning

The Tide is Turning for Earths Oldest Crop

   2018 has been a big year for hemp and beyond. We have seen Jeff Sessions rescind the Cole Memorandum, sending shockwaves throughout the burgeoning cannabis industry in the United States. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has finally caught up with the times, it appears, and is endorsing a landmark hemp bill in Kentucky that would essentially see the floodgates swung wide open for mass hemp cultivation. We have also seen a former Republican chair speaker go from anti-drug crusader to advocate. All the while, the wheels keep churning. Here is a quick low down of some key events:

Jeff Sessions: Yes, yes, Jeff, we know, “good people don’t smoke marijuana”. But do good people advocate dismantling a medical program that helps millions of people? The Attorney General seems to think so. Sessions has been a constant thorn in medical cannabis’ side since taking office, and seems to solidify the old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. He has very recently, however, admitted that marijuana “may” have medical use, despite thinking it actually increased the opioid epidemic. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Sessions full out conceding that medical marijuana and descheduling of cannabis is the only path for a prosperous American public, but hey, we all have to start somewhere. Cannabis is extremely effective for reducing inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis, so let’s hope one of his buddies turns him on to some mild edibles for the pain. So far, it at least appears that medical states will continue to be protected. For now.

Mitch McConnell and the Hemp Revival: In one of the greatest developments for hemp cultivation this year in the United States, republican house speaker Mitch McConnell has introduced legislation which would remove industrial hemp from the controlled substance act and open up growing potential for American farmers looking for viable crops. Thanks to a lot of hard work from our friends in Kentucky, educating and informing the public, it looks like he is pretty serious about it. Wherever he stood in the past, it is hard to look at this as anything but a good thing.

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Perhaps the most striking about face in the recent cannabis conversation comes from former GOP House speaker John Boehner has announced his support for medical cannabis, even going so far as to suggest descheduling marijuana entirely. In his words, Boehner’s stance on cannabis has “evolved”, and he is “-convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.” Not coincidentally, the former Republican speaker now is on the board of Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis investment company. Big money can make a lot of people come around, and he is to be applauded for publically saying what everybody knows to be true anyway. Boehner is still a man who voted against a medical marijuana bill in 1999, and has said that marijuana should remain illegal. Everybody changes their minds through out life, and it is good to be able to adapt and evolve when presented with new ideas. Stacks of money tend to help evolve ideas, too.

We are still early in 2018, but so far, it is looking to be a banner year for all things hemp. It is only a matter of time before more research comes out, more people of influence realize their mistake and more support for full cannabis and hemp legalization, research and investment comes full swing. Now with California joining the recreational fray after passing Prop 64, we will see the first large scale implementation of a legal market, considering Cali has a greater population than all other legal states combined.

Should make for an interesting year!


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