The Life Aquatic / Get Em High
Ukrainian hemp — a cousin of marijuana — lacks the active ingredient that gives pot smokers a high, and is prized for commercial andindustrial applications. Hemp seed can be used in high-protein oils or for making paint and plastics.
“We are now involved in trying to figure out ways in which we might be able to use the industrial hemp seeds that are created in the Ukraine in the U.S.,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said yesterday in an interview.
Ukraine, the world’s fourth-biggest producer of hemp seed, is seeking aid from the International Monetary Fund and other nations as it struggles with a four-month political crisis capped byRussia’s annexation of Crimea. The currency has plunged almost 25 percent against the dollar this year. Ukraine is seeking as much as $20 billion from the IMF, which may announce a decision as soon as today.
Today I am so overwhelmingly full of joy that my face hurts from smiling.
This smell is intoxicating. It fills my lungs with summer.
The snow is melting. We’re almost there.