Ex-Spy Lobbying on Weed-to-Know Basis!

Ex-Spy Lobbying on Weed-to-Know Basis!
Posted by FoM on April 30, 1999 at 09:16:37 PT
Woolsey Represents Hemp in Uphill Fight!
Source: Washington Post
R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director, wants to make one thing clear: He isn't fighting for the right to get stoned.Lately, some friends have wondered. Woolsey, a Washington corporate lawyer these days, recently took on his first lobbying client, the North American Industrial Hemp Council, a group angling to legalize hemp. 
Because the multipurpose fiber comes from the same plant family as marijuana, the council sounds like a group that Cheech and Chong would have loved.But hemp lacks enough of the psychoactive substance that gets smokers of the demon weed high. What it has, say farmers, environmentalists and agribusiness interests, is the potential to become a billion-dollar-a-year crop, producing paper, clothing, lotions and even car dashboards. Several countries have cranked out profitable hemp harvests for years."Before I explain, I get smiles from friends," Woolsey said during a recent interview. "This isn't about trying to legalize marijuana, though."Click the above link for the full article!
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