Hey, good for Virginia! My beloved Commonwealth gets things right occasionally. Allowing the farming of hemp is certainly a good thing. (Though it’s not a done deal yet.)
I won’t go into the whole “how hemp can save the world” bit, but I will say that it is an amazing fiber. If you’ve ever had a t-shirt or something made of hemp you know what I mean. It is soft but incredibly durable. It puts cotton to shame. It lasts forever. Plus the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper. And hemp used to be grown all across this fine nation before FDR’s drug chief figured out Mexican migrant workers smoked the female part of the hemp plant – marijuana – while they worked and so launched the reefer madness madness in an effort to scare white America. And hemp made (and still makes) some of the best rope in the world. And it can be grown and turned to paper without taking down forests of trees. And… Well I said I wouldn’t do it so I’ll stop.
Hemp generally speaking is a good thing and it looks like the Virginia House of Delegates has figured this out.
(From The 10th Amendment Center)
Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to authorize the farming, and production of industrial hemp in the state for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. The vote was 98-0.
Introduced by Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Norge), House Bill 699 (HB699) would amend current state law on hemp by removing a provision that authorized the licensing of hemp farming only upon approval of the federal government.