Tennessee Moves to Legalize Hemp

By: Michael Lotfi
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NASHVILLE:  The hemp root seems to be growing deeper into the South. State senator Frank Niceley (R) is currently in the process of drafting legislation that will allow TN to follow in the footsteps of KY by bringing hemp to Tennessee. Kentucky was the first state to re-legalize industrial hemp. Niceley will wait until KY moves forward to see how successful they are in the endeavor before introducing his bill in the next legislative season. Niceley says, “The first flag of the Revolution made by Betsy Ross was woven from the strongest fabric availible, hemp.”

State Senator Frank Niceley (R), A Farmer From Strawberry Plains, TN.

Picture: State Senator Frank Niceley (R), A  Businessman & Farmer From Strawberry Plains, TN.

State representative Andy Holt (R) is assisting Niceley in the journey to legalize hemp. Representative Holt tells us:

“Let me start off by saying that I am the farthest thing from a weed-smoking hippie. I am simply an advocate for strong & sound agricultural policy, and this is one issue that should be addressed so that Tennessee Farmers can begin participating in a new and potentially thriving market. There are innumerable products that can be derived from hemp and I am an advocate for bio-based product development where a balance of symbiotic benefit can be achieved by those in production agriculture and those buyers of products that can be effectively and economically produced with the use of industrial hemp fiber. It’s a win, win. We diversify the agricultural opportunities of the Southeastern United States and supply a locally derived product, or product substitute, to individual or industrial consumers.”

Niceley has a rich history of introducing bills that nullify federal laws, which he views unconstitutional. He introduced a bill to nullify the United Nations within the state of Tennessee. He has also introduced legislation to nullify the 17th amendment and restore the constitutional election process of US senators in Tennessee. He is a bit of a hero to local Tenth Amendment advocates.


If successful, Tennessee will still endure backlash from the feds. Hemp has been illegal to cultivate in America since the late 1930s. In Kentucky, US senators Rand Paul (R) and Mitch McConnel (R) have promised support from D.C.. However, Tennessee may not be so lucky in getting support from their two US Senators as they are consistently at odds with their constituents. In fact, US senator Bob Corker (R-TN) came out strongly against Niceley’s attempt to effectively nullify the 17th amendment in Tennessee because it would have meant a more difficult re-election process for the embattled senator. Many noted this was the first time Corker had ever gone out of his way to be involved in state politics, which drives home the issues of the 17th amendment for Niceley.

Supporters of Niceley and Holt have set up an “Industrial Hemp for TN” Facebook page for Tennesseans to stay interacted with the legislators’ progress. Niceley and Holt are expected to have an influx of grassroots support for their legislation.

 

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Michael Lotfi is a political analyst and strategist living in Nashville, Tennessee where he works as the executive director for the Tenth Amendment Center (TN). Lotfi also writes a column at The Washington Times called "American Millennial". Lotfi graduated in the top 5% of his class with honors from Belmont University, an award winning, private university located in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • ashleigh

    happy to hear TN is pro-hemp growth. good for them!

  • Granny

    I use a couple products made from hemp. Body lotion and a powder that is yummy in recipes and also hemp seeds that is also tasty in granola. Someone told me it must be imported because we can’t grow it here. I have seen shower curtains made out of hemp and they are very expensive. If the first flag was made out of it because it was the strongest thing available, I would like to see it grown in the United States to lower the prices. Our plastic shower curtains are poison to our bodies but hemp is not, or so I’ve read. I’m no expert and I am not a “pot head”. I have just read that it is better for us than alternatives. Of course the government only likes for us to have things that are bad for us it seems.

    • berky

      I’ve used hemp oil, eaten hemp seeds, hemp nut butter, and hemp powder. Hemp could very likely save our farmers and farmland, and reduce importation of products, thus helping our own economy.
      The biggest thing people need to understand is that hemp is NOT marijuana… it’s like saying a poodle and a pit bull are the same thing. they are similar, but obviously different.

  • followiceland

    LOVE IT!! “nice john, you taught us something” JOHN:”THATS WHAT I TRY TO DO” like wow for a minute there there was no propaganda and only facts which astonished the presenter exposing how often the truth is spoken on the news!! lmao

  • Alex Masters

    Henry Ford made car bodies out of hemp. Virtually indestructible.

    • Chris Z

      yes you are right it was the predecessor to much more harmful Polyester Resin Fiberglas

  • Michael Labelle

    The US is the LARGEST consumer of hemp products. China is the LARGEST supplier of hemp products. I wonder if the Chinese will sit quietly by as the US tries to retake the cultivation of such a wonderful plant? It is after all a plant with virtually NO psychotropic chemicals, from which you can make milk, protein for animal feed, cloth that will last for a generation AND the fiber can be combined with resin to make a fiberglass replacement. It can be formed into numerous building materials as well as being used to restore worn out farmland. What is not to like?

  • Mark

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Industrial-Hemp-for-Tennessee/180133295371089#
    The page was started in 2011 to give people more information about industrial hemp. It is not affiliated with any legislator.

  • JLO

    It is time for the State and local governments to take back the rights of the people from the federal feudalism. Go forward Tennessee and don’t look back! This will be a win for the little man.

  • ღ Heather ღ

    about time save the planet .
    God makes a way of escape for those who love him. #hemp
    GodBlessAmerica :)

  • trumpsahead

    Good for TN, but take a tip from Vermont who just Nullified the Hemp prohibition. I believe this is the only way America will recover, that is, to IGNORE the federal govt where unConstitutional laws are concerned.
    We the People do not need permission to make Good Laws nor do we need permission to Disobey Unconstitutional laws. I wish these brave states follow through by nullifying some despicable gun-control laws because as it stands now, if we ever need to fight the feds, we have pea shooters and they have everything plus expensive armor. Power to the People. Revolution Now!