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Kentucky Hemp Bill Approved By State Committee After Testimony From Rand Paul Wearing Hemp Shirt

In Marijuana, News, Rand Paul, USA, USA, World Revolution on February 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

 

02/11/2013

Kentucky’s state Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve legislation that could pave the way for the creation of a legal hemp industry in the state, following testimony from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who claimed to be wearing a hemp shirt.

The proposed bill — which will now be considered by the full state senate — would establish a process for Kentucky farmers to begin growing hemp, but only if the federal government first passes a measure to remove the crop from a list of illegal drugs. Hemp is currently listed alongside its more potent cousin, marijuana, as a Schedule I controlled substance. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin and LSD.

During testimony recorded by the Louisville Courier-Journal on Monday, Paul claimed to be wearing a “hemp shirt” that he had been forced to buy in Canada due to an ongoing prohibition on the plant. He was one of several lawmakers to testify.

“It’s a crop that’s legal everywhere else in the world except the United States,” Paul said, questioning why the United States was still forcefully neglecting a potential high-performing industry.

The push to legalize hemp production in Kentucky has a number of high-profile supporters. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out in favor of the campaign last month, joining Paul, half of the state’s six-member congressional delegation and a number of state lawmakers.

According to a Hemp Industries Association report cited by Bloomberg last month, U.S. retail sales of products with imported hemp were valued at more than $452 million in 2011.

UPDATE: Kentucky Set to Be First State to Legalize Hemp Production

Related Link: Rand Paul: Don’t Send People to Prison for Smoking Marijuana

Chomsky on War Criminals

In News, Noam Chomsky, Politics, USA, Viral Videos on January 30, 2013 at 1:02 AM

01/29/2013

In this episode of PressTV’s documentary program renowned American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.

Anti-War Protester Interrupts John Kerry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing

In News, NWO, USA, USA, Viral Videos, World Revolution on January 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

01/26/2013

US Senator John Kerry’s hearing to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State this week was pretty uneventful until this happened.

 

19-year-old Lachelle Roddy from Tampa, Florida was arrested for her outburst –who urged an end to excessive US financial aid to Israel, drone use and hawkish policies towards the Middle East region. In her first face-to-face interview–she spoke to Press TV to discuss why she interrupted the hearing.

Kerry responded to Roddy’s criticisms and addressed his Congressional colleagues after she was escorted out of the room by Capitol Police. She was later released with a citation.

Roddy, who is relatively new to activism, said she was surprised that Kerry acknowledged her demonstration at the hearing. Kerry is a Vietnam veteran who is most noted for speaking out against that war and other aggressive US military policies –sometimes facing unbeatable odds.

Kerry is expected to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State without much resistance unlike other Obama-backed nominees suggested to fill the top cabinet positions. Roddy says she’s cautiously optimistic about Kerry who seems to have empathy on scaling-down America’s military presence overseas, while assessing concerns of the international community.

Roddy is supported by the group Code Pink a well-known activist group here in Washington, DC. Roddy is currently studying political science and says as far as her activism is concerned, she’s just getting started.

Via PressTV

Montana Legislator Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Protect Gun Rights

In Gun Control, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, USA, USA, World Revolution on January 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

01/04/2012

A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights.

Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

He is most concerned about a proposal by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would require Americans to register their guns, and would ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of military-style weapons.

“Historically, the registration of firearms is the first step toward taking them away,” O’Neil said. “I believe it is a precursor to major overhauls to the Second Amendment.”

In the Flathead Valley, gun manufacturers are thriving as small businesses, and he worries that proposed changes to the Commerce Clause will infringe on the state’s rights.

In Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, O’Neil is proposing that the word “among” be replaced with “between,” so as to read: “Congress shall have power … to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and interstate commerce between the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

“I believe that is the way our founding fathers intended it to be,” he said. “This would put some sideboards on the interstate commerce clause so there is a limit to it.”

A second point of concern to O’Neil relates to national sovereignty and the Small Arms Treaty, and he is asking that Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution be amended, with the insertion of “subject to this Constitution.” It would read: “The president … shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, subject to this Constitution, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.”

He said the insertion is critical due to the growing power of international treaties, which he says are implemented and used to override the U.S. Constitution.

“I’m scared that the Small Arms Treaty that the United Nations is talking about would override the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and I am sure it would infringe on our rights to keep and bear arms,” he said.

O’Neil said he hopes the state Legislature will submit his proposed amendments to Congress.

In his 12 years in public service, first as a state senator and now as a representative, O’Neil has earned a reputation for his zealous defense of civil liberties while favoring limited government and constitutionalism. Most recently, O’Neil made national news when he requested that he be paid in gold and silver coins, saying he is concerned that a national debt of $16 trillion will devalue the U.S. dollar.

Montana Legislative Services denied the request, saying it was impossible.

Via Billings Gazette

Gun Control Legislation Advances in Illinois State Senate

In Big Brother, Gun Control, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Politics, USA on January 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

01/03/2013

A state Senate panel in Illinois has approved bans on both assault weapons and high capacity clips. A floor vote on the measures, which come in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, is expected on Thursday.

­The two initiatives were backed by the historically Democrat-dominated Senate Public Health Committee.

“The goal is to reduce the amount of incidents that occur where there are a significant amount of people shot in a short period of time,”
said state Senator Dan Kotowski, one of the ban’s sponsors, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported.

Gun advocates fought both measures, arguing that they would unnecessarily restrict responsible gun owners and threaten thousands of jobs at the state’s 60 gun manufacturers, Illinois-based daily the Pantagraph reported.

“A ban is a knee-jerk reaction,”
Jay Keller, executive director of the Illinois Firearms Manufacturers’ Association told members of the panel. “Please, take a step back.”

The Senate may vote on the measures as soon as Thursday, with the legislation expected to pass by a narrow margin.

Illinois lawmakers sought to impose restrictions on ammunition clips that hold more than 10 rounds in 2007 following the Virginia Tech massacre, during which a 23-year-old gunman killed 32 people in two separate attacks at the college. The state Senate approved the legislation, but the bill did not advance in the House.

Via RT

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