Gov’t Shutdown Holds Up Hemp Farmers, Keeps Non-Violent Drug Offenders in Jail

Primary schools are being forced to ration vegetables and TSA employees are too “sick” to work airport security without pay– the federal government shutdown is undeniably wreaking havoc on the United States. And the cannabis world is far from immune, either: waterless hemp farmers and non-violent drug offenders stuck in prison are anxiously waiting for Trump’s wall gambit just like the rest of us. But these are yet another group of people suffering the consequences of an incompetent leader.

Trump shut down the government on Dec. 22, 2018. Since then, a number of unproductive talks have occurred between the president and representatives from both major political parties; each jockeying to maintain the support of constituents throughout the unprecedented shuttering of federal services.

On Saturday, Trump offered to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act by three years in exchange for Democrat support in building his $5 billion wall along the US-Mexico border. This attempt by Trump supporters to solicit money from citizens to build the wall fell short—by approximately $4.8 billion.

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Hemp Farmers Can’t Cultivate 

As politicians politick, the shutdown threatens the livelihoods of thousands. One group affected is the country’s newly legal hemp farmers, who

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