Could Legal Marijuana Be a Stimulus for Rural PA?

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I don’t think I have to tell pot smoking political professionals and journalists in the big metros why Daylin Leach’s marijuana legalization bill is a good idea, but I do think folks in rural areas where the bill is likely to be least popular should take a minute to think through what this could mean for them.

Here are some examples from Janet Patton in Kentucky of the kind of businesses who are interested in buying hemp:

Hemp doubters, including prominent Kentucky politicians and law enforcement, scoff at the idea that the market for the crop could mean much to Kentucky farmers. But they have not been answering the phones at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, where Commissioner James Comer gets two or three calls a week.

“Industry leaders in automotive manufacturing, cosmetics, energy, processing and certified seed are all interested in Kentucky-grown industrial hemp,” Comer told the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Feb. 11.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who testified in favor of Senate Bill 50 while wearing a shirt made of hemp, also alluded to Kentucky’s automotive industry at the hearing, prompting a state senator to press Comer about Toyota’s potential interest.

I don’t want to exaggerate the benefits, but clearly if PA were to legalize marijuana both for recreational use and for hemp production, the value of farmland in the T would get bid up as demand for agricultural land increased. People have been seeing their land values increasing in the Marcellus Shale areas, but with legal marijuana you’d have gas drillers and pot companies competing for some of the same land.

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8 Responses to Could Legal Marijuana Be a Stimulus for Rural PA?

  1. Gillian says:

    And at least with hemp or marijuana you wouldn’t have water that you can light on fire. Personally, I’m all for legalizing industrial hemp and recreational marijuana.

    • aaron says:

      that was a fake… it was gasoline or something.. its been proven fake. the russians try to disparage anyone else having natural gas.. its alll bs…

  2. Silverado says:

    “I don’t want to exaggerate the benefits, but clearly if PA were to legalize marijuana both for recreational use and for hemp production, the value of farmland in the T would get bid up as demand for agricultural land increased”

    Sorry to burst any bubbles here BUT if one wanted to stamp out illegal cannabis farming just go ahead and plant industrial hemp in the area. Besides being as different as apples & oranges, hemp fields are planted and harvested with both the female and the pollen bearing males. If you’re trying to grow all female plants of the cannabis kind, male pollen from some hemp plant growing nearby is the worst thing that could happen to your garden short of the law pulling it up and hauling you off to jail.
    Anyway, whenever I hear of any one person or especially some group of do-gooders talking about the evils of both cannabis and hemp like they were the same thing, automatically I know that they don’t know what they’re talking about. And just because they disagree with that position they wish to make it so you can’t grow or use it either. Isn’t that what’s really happening here?? They will never approve of this so we have farmers who can’t grow the same crop(s) as any Canadian farmers is free or not free to plant. Cops dictating farm policy??? They need to get out of the fields and get back into our neighborhoods doing what it says they do right on their car doors. Protect & Serve???

  3. windy city says:

    …Colorado and Washington State will do just fine, thank you, and a growing number of states are going to benefit from the industrial hemp that they will be growing. Sen. Mitch mcConnell and Sen Rand Paul sees the intelligence behind a potential economic boon for their state which is why they proposed an amendment “To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.”

    Sounds good enough to me…

  4. windy city says:

    …at the very least, industrial hemp will be growing in fields across the United States and it will do good for the economy…