The subject of hemp has been mostly seen as a cause célèbre of the political margins, either the "hippie" Far Left or the libertarian Far Right. But public support for industrial hemp legalization -- particularly within the agricultural community -- is reaching a tipping point.
Instead of getting lost in the quagmire of what everyone can agree is purely speculation on unreliable data -- nobody's ever legalized pot -- I decided to attack marijuana prohibition at its roots: why are we even concerned about trying to stop people from smoking pot in the first place?
From the slopes of Vancouver Island in Canada to the vertical grow rooms in The Netherlands to the massive outdoor gardens in the rugged mountains of my beloved Spain, cannabis growing is a worldwide phenomenon that shows no signs of abating.
It's always important to scrutinize any efforts to solve our economic and social problems through the legalization, taxation, or expansion of so-called "vices" that, when abused, can impair the lives of addicts and their families.