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WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:39 pm
by ozzydiodude • The Weird One | 2.467 Posts | 11510 Points

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians spend about $7 billion a year on food products, but the state's agriculture industry only produces about $653 million of goods a year, a percentage that Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick wants to see increase.

But Helmick stopped short Tuesday of supporting marijuana as a new cash crop for the state.

Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph, raised the issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export only to states where the product is legal.

"We may never legalize marijuana in West Virginia, but maybe the potential exists for us to export the crop," Barnes said.

He cited a investment report indicating that legal marijuana sales in states including Colorado and Washington is projected to grow from $2.43 billion this year to $10.2 billion by 2019, and that demand for legal pot in those states may outpace production.

"This may be your $6 billion right there," Barnes told Helmick, citing the commissioner's statement that there is an untapped opportunity to grow the state agriculture industry by that amount annually.

Helmick deferred, saying the issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export only is a policy question for the Legislature to debate and decide.

"If you guys say this is right for West Virginia, we'll have our eyes on it," he told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Helmick said his immediate focus on expanding the agriculture industry is looking at using reclaimed mountaintop removal sites in southern West Virginia for non-traditional agriculture opportunities, including hog farms.

He said the pork industry in North Carolina produces $2.5 billion in sales, but hog farming in that state has grown to the point where it is impossible to get permits for new or expanded farms.

"What we're saying is, look at Southern West Virginia," Helmick said.

Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, fully supported the concept.

"You understand coal production is way down ... and no projections say that it's coming back," Stollings told Helmick. "I urge you to get cracking on that -- hog farms or any other post-mining land use."

Also Tuesday, Helmick said:

| The department is continuing to look for new sites to replace antiquated testing laboratories at the Agriculture Center at Guthrie, and said that may or may not mean relocating to the Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

Helmick said he would like to have a location where several state laboratories, including Agriculture, Bureau of Public Health, and others can be consolidated to reduce costs.

"We'd like to see it consolidated," he said.

| He has reduced the department from 269 to 255 employees, at a cost savings of about $250,000.

There were no questions from the committee about the ongoing legislative audit of alleged mismanagement of a $5 million revolving loan program operated by the department.

Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.
http://www.wvgazette.com/News/politics/201401140098


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:48 pm
by 4u2sm0ke • Marijuana is good | 2.332 Posts | 10562 Points

wouldnt WV have to be a legal state first ?...than may be export?


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:58 pm
by ozzydiodude • The Weird One | 2.467 Posts | 11510 Points

Man this is WV where you can be your own grandpa anythings possible here


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:29 pm
by Hushpuppy | 77 Posts | 323 Points

That's government for you. If it can be done totally convoluted and FUBAR then they will find a way to make it happen no matter how much it costs


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:01 am
by pcduck (deleted)
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I do not think this is the proper way for WV.

First does Barnes even know what he is talking about? I thought that those legal sates already had rules stating how much of their product could be grown off site, But I am not sure??

If those rules do exist, who is Barnes going to export to?


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:38 pm
by 7greeneyes | 469 Posts | 1830 Points

probably amsterdam, spain, germany, the next Europeein pot friendly/tolerated places...


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RE: WV Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

in Marijuana in the News Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:34 pm
by Cubby | 1.241 Posts | 4710 Points

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If there were a viable market for out of state sales the legal states would already be doing it.

What he's talking about doing (delivery across state lines) takes the matter out of states hands and lands it right in the lap of the feds.

And the states around them won't be too happy either.

They're all racing to see who can bring in the most tax dollars.

It's all gonna' fall apart, and us home growers will be the benifitiaries.
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