"Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy."
Hands together now.
As they say at the beginning of all the big events, "Before we get started, there are some people we'd like to thank."
There are so many people that contributed to end hemp prohibition, so that we can start the transitional move to regulation.
I particularly admire these individuals and groups with their longevity, their passion, and the drip.drip.drip of persistent effort toward the goal of legalized hemp.
So here is my very short shout-out list. Which is silly of course, because we could easily fill volumes with each person's unique contribution to the cause.
The ones who've carried the torch certainly include the members of the Hemp Industries Association and their current president, Joy Beckerman, the US Hemp Roundtable, and the National Hemp Association.
In my observation, no single group deserves as much credit for last week's Farm Bill victory for hemp than the folks at Vote Hemp and their President; hemp pioneer and long-serving advocate, Eric Steenstra.
Thank you all.
It took years to build support for hemp legalization in Congress. U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley, both from Oregon, were early co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which eventually became the framework for declassifying hemp as a controlled substance.
Merkley and Wyden have both been consistently outspoken on hemp legalization in the Senate. Former U.S. Congressman, and now Governor Jared Polis of Colorado built the foundation for hemp in the House.
The hemp amendments would surely have died in DC if not for the support of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. This came as surprise for many of us; he was the unlikely champion who emerged as the 2018 Farm Bill ground like sausage through the Senate. Yessir, when it mattered most, Mitch went to bat for his Ol' Kentucky Hemp.
Will you join me now, by putting our hands together for each of the many women and men who’ve lobbied hard (for years before Mitch caught on) and persevered through this long fight to end hemp prohibition. They all deserve a standing ovation. And a hug.
As the blogosphere, the online news channels and hemp businesses around the country have been filing their stories on this historic occasion...
Imagine my delight that the end of hemp prohibition coincides with the launch of this blog, Tak About Hemp.
Just glad to Be. Here. Now.
I'm Netaka, friends call me Tak ("tock"). I write from Vermont and curate Tak About Hemp.