|Published: 7:44 PM, 01/31/2014
||Last updated: 11:31 AM, 02/03/2014
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Rep. Jeremy Faison plans to introduce a bill in the
General Assembly that would legalize the growing of hemp, which he argues is a great opportunity for
Eastern Tennessee farmers to grow a product with multiple uses."It's all about freedom and property
rights," he said."I'll probably introduce it (the bill to legalize hemp) in February. I'm still
trying to get people to understand what we're doing. It's a huge job educating people" about hemp,
he said."Our farmers in East Tennessee are struggling," Rep. Faison stated in a recent phone
interview last week. He added, "Let's give them a way to raise money with a row crop."On Friday,
Jan. 31, Faison said that the National Farm Bureau Federation voted last week to petition the U.S.
Congress to open up hemp production "all across America". He said the unanimous vote was a very big
victory for people who want to see hemp production legalized in the U.S.For
more details, please see
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