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Kinky Friedman announces candidacy for Texas Ag Commissioner, prioritizes hemp and marijuana

Kinky_FriedmanFormer independent candidate for governor and comedian Kinky Friedman announced today that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

In an interview earlier this year with the Star-Telegram, Friedman discussed the possibility of running for state office again.

Friedman’s last run was for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 2010 as a Democrat. Before that, he ran as an independent for governor and received almost 550,000 votes, over 12% of the total cast.

Friedman stated that pushing for hemp legalization and production, legalizing marijuana, and casino gambling are a priority, saying it would be a major boost to the Texas economy.

“Texas is going to do all this in the next 10 to 15 years,” he said. “But by then, we will be the caboose on the train.”

Legalizing casinos in Texas would “stop the bleeding from all the billions of dollars that are walking out of the state for gambling,” and that legalizing marijuana “would put a real crimp in the Mexican drug cartels — and make Willie Nelson very happy.”

Hemp could also have a major impact on not just the agricultural economy, but also in helping to repair and revitalize the soil which has been devastated by droughts. Hemp is currently illegal due to its association with marijuana, even though smoking hemp would not get a person high. Hemp products are not banned in the US, but the growing of it is.

With polls showing a majority support on these issues, there’s no doubt that this will happen at some point in the future. Friedman definitely wants to get out in front and have Texas be a leader though.

Impressed with Wendy Davis’ recent filibuster in the state legislature on the abortion bill, Friedman said “I haven’t met Wendy yet, … but I’m a big fan of filibusters — the ones that are charismatic, and she did a great one.”

With Davis announcing her candidacy to for governor next year this gave Friedman the information he needed to decide on which office to run for. Had Davis not ran, it’s likely he would have sought the governor’s seat, though he did state “this isn’t a great time for Democrats to run for governor, especially since the other candidates have all the money.”

He figures the key to winning though is by getting the independents to the polls next year.

“Democrats have got to think two moves ahead. They need to expand the party,” he said. “There’s a huge number of disgruntled voters.

“Before the state turns blue, it has to go purple. There are a hell of a lot of purple people out there.”

By: Stephen Carter
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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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