PBS Discovers Hemp!

Just a few weeks after One New Mexico issued our working paper on why industrial hemp represents a huge opportunity for our state (with a tip of the hat to the New Mexico Industrial Hemp Coalition), PBS has discovered hemp!

A special report on the PBS News Hour went into depth about why industrial hemp is a huge opportunity for . . . Kentucky. The report (which you can watch here) describes how Kentucky intends to get out in front of the next big crop, diversifying the state’s economy away from tobacco and toward hemp.

Among a number of interesting points:

A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started research projects, but Kentucky is at the forefront, experimenting with creating a new industry around this plant. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.

A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started research projects, but Kentucky is at the forefront, experimenting with creating a new industry around this plant. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.

*The PBS report features an interview with an entrepreneur who relocated his operation to Kentucky to get ahead of the curve on hemp—no tax incentives, no inducements, just forward-thinking economic policy

*Kentucky sees this as being about more than just hemp: they are looking to attract Wall Street investment and venture capital into the state to support a growing infrastructure in support of hemp and its many industrial by-products

*Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) goes on record in the report, describing why he thinks hemp will be good for his state—and last time we checked, he’s a very powerful, very conservative Republican. This issue plays across the aisle—it’s not partisan, it’s jobs.

Take a look at the PBS report and then let your state legislator and the Governor’s Office hear from you. We should be moving ahead on hemp for New Mexico.