Ron Paul Backs Industrial Hemp
The crop is "a good product," says the Republican candidate, criticizing the federal ban.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul says he supports the legalization of growing industrial hemp during his campaign tour in North Dakota. "There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn't be allowed to raise hemp," the libertarian Republican told a crowd. "Hemp is a good product." Advocates say the alternative crop can be grown quickly and turned into a wide range of products including paper, rope, textiles and even food products. Despite hemp being a legal multi-million dollar export crop in Canada, the US government has banned its cultivation; the Drug Enforcement Agency lumps it together with its plant cousin, marijuana, even though it shares virtually none of its mind-altering properties. North Dakota lawmakers once filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against the DEA's hemp ban.