Thomas Massie

Government
2:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill

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An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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Industrial Hemp
2:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 Years

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An amendment to legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research passed the U.S. House Thursday by an eight-vote margin, the first to pass in fifty years. 

The amendment is part of the Farm Bill and allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes.  However, it only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal. 

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Government
4:33 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie's Hemp Cultivation Amendment Passes House (and Then the Farm Bill Fails)

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 5:38 am

UPDATE: The House just made Massie's amendment a moot point by rejecting the farm bill in a 234-195 bipartisan vote.

Earlier: Colleges and universities would be allowed to grow hemp for academic research under an amendment to the farm bill approved by a bipartisan vote in the House on Thursday.

The proposal was introduced by Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie along with Democrats Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado, and passed by a 225-to-200 vote. It applies only to states that have authorized the crops cultivation.

A majority of Kentucky’s congressional representatives have been vocal supporters for easing federal restrictions on hemp, which is illegal to grow in the U.S. due to its genetic relation to marijuana. Opponents against the language argued the amendment will hamper law enforcement efforts because the crop is difficult to distinguish between its cannabis cousin.

But Massie says hemp is not marijuana, adding the amendment will help move the research forward to one day allow farmers to grow the crop legally.

"People think it’s about drugs but when they get done laughing about the word hemp and realize industrial hemp is not marijuana they realize it’s a jobs bill and an opportunity for Kentucky farmers," he says. "What this amendment does is it carves out a very small exception for universities to do research without running afoul of the drug laws. And I hope it’s a precursor to allowing all of the farmers in Kentucky to grow industrial hemp."

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Election 2012
7:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Libertarian PAC to Target Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem

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The leader of a political action committee that helped a Kentucky congressional candidate get a GOP nomination may now focus on ousting a state lawmaker. 

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Politics
2:47 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Rand Paul Influence Helps Secure GOP Primary WIn

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Many political pundits are ready to crown U.S. Senator Rand Paul as a Kentucky kingmaker following the Congressional primary victory of Thomas Massie.

Paul endorsed tea party candidate Massie, who won the Fourth Congressional GOP primary yesterday. The endorsement was Paul’s first in his home state since becoming Kentucky’s junior senator in 2010.

And while Massie’s campaign benefited from a Super PAC that spent more than a half million dollars in the primary race, former GOP consultant Les Fugate says Paul deserves some credit too.

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Morning Cram
9:21 am
Wed May 23, 2012

the morning cram [Texas Tea (party) edition]

I suppose everything is bigger in Texas if one kid there can change a whole in election in Kentucky.

NPR reports a 21-year-old college student from Texas gave half-a-million dollars to a Super-PAC, and now Thomas Massie will likely represent Kentucky's 4th Congressional District.

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Election 2012
7:24 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Massie Wins 4th Congressional District

Tea party candidate Thomas Massie has won the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District. 

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Election 2012
8:47 am
Tue May 15, 2012

4th District Republicans on Kentucky Tonight

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The entire GOP field in Kentucky’s fourth district congressional race had their say on KET last night.  Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie is considered one of the front runners in the seven person Republican primary. He commented on the use of private sector knowledge in Washington on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

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Election 2012
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Conservative Group Supports Massie in 4th Congressional District

A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’'s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.

The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organizations most-loved lawmakers.

The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary.

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