U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., successfully amended this year’s federal farm bill to legalize industrial hemp production. And on the Fourth of July, Rep. Polis arranged for an American flag made from hemp to be flown above the U.S. Capitol. Hemp is a cousin of marijuana, leading to plentiful jokes about a high-flying flag.
But the real story, and it’s no joke, is how deep the U.S. House has sunk into dysfunction. The farm bill and food stamps are a prime example. While there was tentative agreement on hemp, there was no agreement on providing food assistance to America’s poor. And we’re not talking about just a few folks. With the economy improving only slowly, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — which is part of the massive farm bill — serves 47.7 million people.
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