“A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858
Recent seizures of hemp by state authorities in Oklahoma and Idaho follow a disturbing pattern. Hemp was legally grown and harvested in one state and in transit by truck to another state, when it was stopped on route through a third. State law enforcement authorities seized the shipment, tested it and concluded that it contained “marijuana,” before jailing the drivers and charging them with felonies that could result in prison sentences of between five and 15 years.
Had the seizures occurred before there was a commercial hemp industry in America, the incidents would have attracted little attention. That they happened in 2019, after Congress created a framework for federal regulation of commercial hemp, is deeply troubling.
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