Jim Politis is a retired businessman who now sits on the Board of Supervisors in Montgomery County, Virginia, home to Virginia Tech. He wants Washington to let farmers grow industrial hemp. That should be an easy sell, writes A. Barton Hinkle. Once upon a time, hemp cultivation was not only permitted, but required: An act of Virginia's General Assembly in 1623 mandated hemp-growing. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. It remained a popular source of fiber for rope, clothing, and many other products until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which pretty much killed off domestic hemp production.
"The Iron Throne" is exciting for 40 minutes, and then a huge letdown.
The president goes personal in his reply to a libertarian Republican congressman accusing him of obstruction of justice.
In his new memoir, the retired justice seeks to justify his awful eminent domain ruling.
"When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles."
The federal attempt to take the patch uniquely combines free speech violations and asset forfeiture.