Agriculture in Texas Has Kinky Secret

Agriculture Kinky Friedman

Knickers will be in bunches all over the state of Texas if the secret gets out. Many of the states political candidates and holders of legislative seats would probably shave themselves and their immediate family members bald to keep this one under wraps. It is not as if it is the first time that Kinky has been associated with agriculture. Yes, Kinky Friedman, the self styled modern satirist and entertainer extraordinaire has decided to run for agriculture commissioner of Texas once again and he doesn’t want it to be a kinky secret!

This is not Mr. Friedman’s first time at the rodeo; he has ran for both governor and agriculture Commissioner in the past and although he is considered a down ballot candidate, his campaign message appears to make a lot of sense for Texas. The jovial and witty Friedman is well known for his stance on marijuana legalization. He is not only interested in its legalization for medicinal or recreational purposes. He wants to see the hemp crop made legal to grow in order to create beneficial changes the state desperately needs. Hemp is widely believed to be a valuable commodity both industrially and agriculturally and would be a major boon for the economy in retail taxes. Post doctoral fellow Nathan Jones of the Baker Institute at Rice University also pointed out the disproportionate punishments minorities face under the state’s current drug laws. With the major shifts in demographics it is hopeful that change is on the horizon.Agriculture Kinky Friedman

In recent years, bills to change marijuana laws and reduce penalties have failed. Many Texas law makers remain staunchly anti-drug. Kinky hopes to change all that and more with his bid for agriculture commissioner. In his open letter to voting Texans, he has stated that the legalizing, taxing and cultivating of marijuana to fund education is the smart way to go. Texas currently ranks 50th in high school graduation rates. The kinkster, as he jokingly refers to himself, also feels that legalization would punch a major hole in the illegal drug trade. According to him, he is yet to meet a law enforcement officer who has not admitted to losing the war on drugs. Agriculture in Texas would certainly benefit from having Kinky Friedman as perhaps its best kept secret. Many voters seem to agree, but ballot counts will ultimately decide that.

With cotton requiring twice as much water as hemp and hemp producing over two and a half times the fiber, it seems like a no-brainer to make the needed adjustment to policy, especially in light of the worsening droughts in Texas and many other states. Hemp returns nutrients to the soil and requires no pesticides, it in fact acts as a natural pesticide to many of the vermin that plague crops. Cotton has become a toxic crop and farmers may want to consider transitioning to this multifaceted plant as it even reduces Co2 in the atmosphere.Agriculture Kinky Friedman

Friedman is a serious candidate who wants to see his beloved state prosper and not be left behind all the other states that are proactively making groundbreaking strides in their legalization efforts. Mr, Friedman knows that his opponents and other candidates running for state wide offices will not even mention legalization let alone champion it. That is why he is running, because somebody has to stand up for common sense and Kinky Friedman feels he is the man for the job. The man to help move agriculture in Texas into the future, with Sir Kinky holding the reigns it could be the sweetest darn secret ever told.

Opinion By Mai Nowlin

Sources:
DallasNews
KFriedman.com

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