LEGALIZING HEMP Stronger language than the norm – amidst introducing, yet again, a bill to legalize farming of industrial hemp – for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden: “there are some dumb regulations that are hurting economic growth and job creation …” But fitting. This has nothing to do with the legalizing pot proposals, since hemp, though related on the plant family tree, had no mind-altering effect. But it is highly useful for many things, with the perverse result that although hemp is widely used in this country, and usage has actually tripled in the last decade, it’s still illegal to produce it here – we have to import it – though it can grow well. No immediate prediction, however, that sanity will prevail this time.
TROUBLE FOR REARDON Snohomish County’s executive, Aaron Reardon, has some serious trouble brewing now, whether he seems to register it or not. His staff (apparently office staff, not campaign staff, which would not have been a problem) made a series of public records requests under made-up names aimed at his political opposition. Reardon seems to be defending the key staffer involved, which says something for loyalty but could be serious trouble down the road.Share on Facebook