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Legalize the growing of hemp, Rep. Faison argues

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 the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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