Hemp growers sue government

    A group of farmers, a hemp company and a trade organization sued the federal government in Lexington, Ky., to get the 61-year ban on growing hemp lifted, contending that Congress always intended to distinguish it from marijuana.
    The lawsuit - filed Friday by six would-be hemp farmers, the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative and the Hemp Co. of America - quotes from congressional debate over the 1937 law that first outlawed marijuana to show that industrial hemp was never supposed to be illegal.

The Des Moines Register
Saturday, May 16, 1998, Page 11S