Industrial hemp is gateway to making Damon Thayer blush

Yesterday on Kentucky Tonight, Bill Goodman held an impromptu roundtable discussion on legalizing industrial hemp in Kentucky after taking a call from state Sen. Joey Pendleton, a longtime advocate for such legislation.

Goodman threw the topic out to his guests, all Frankfort legislators, who were open to legalization.

Except Sen. Damon Thayer, who opposed it in grand, blushing style:

As you can see, industrial hemp is related to a gateway drug and can lead to all sorts of bad things (I’m guessing hordes of teenagers, after taking industrial hemp bong hits, randomly looting and pillaging businesses throughout the once-peaceful and Mayberry-esque streets of downtown Georgetown in his district).

After Thayer’s blushing, hemming, hawing, and correction by Bill Goodman about his supremely misinformed views on the science of hemp (Thayer is Ark Park supporter No. 1, so don’t be shocked by that), this was my favorite part, as he attempted to quickly change the subject:

Thayer: Maybe you can have (Pendleton) on and devote a whole show to industrial hemp sometime.

Goodman: Would you come on with him?

Thayer: No, but I’d watch…

We’re sure you would, Damon.

Oddly enough, the Republican candidate for commissioner of agriculture, Jamie Comer (a fellow evangelical tea partyer), is a vocal supporter of legalizing the growth of industrial hemp.

Here’s Pendleton explaining why this makes so much sense for the economy of Kentucky (which is probably why it’s never happened):


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