Eager commenter Jason asked us to seek the opinion of farmers on industrial hemp. How about farmer and Representative Drew Dennert (R-3/Aberdeen), who gave Adam St. Paul a six-minute interview in which he says he is a strong supporter of industrial hemp and calls House Bill 1191 a “well-thought-out” bill. Here’s the Dakota Broadcasting audio, followed by a couple of key comments from Rep. Dennert:
…It is going to increase profitability, and it’s actually a really good rotational crop and it’s good for the ground….
What we’re legalizing here is industrial hemp, has basically no THC level in it, it’s completely different [from] a regular cannabis product or marijuana product that you think of traditionally. Other states have been doing it… really without any problems, so I think that it’s time that we take this step. Our farmers are requesting it. I think it’s going to help our farmers out. There are a lot of really good uses for it, and I think it’s time to proceed with it [Rep. Drew Dennert, interview with Adam St. Paul, Dakota Broadcasting, 2019.02.13].
Far be it from me to argue with a Republican legislator from District 3. Pass that hemp!