When Governor John Hickenlooper signs a hemp-farming registry bill
later this morning, no one will be happier than Lloyd Casey. The 86-year-old former state senator, who now lives in Ohio, first introduced a hemp-legalization bill in the mid-1990s, but was rebuffed not once but twice by powerful interests, including a DEA agent who still rankles him nearly twenty years later. "I said, 'Goddamn it, I'm going to live long enough to make this happen, and I'd love to rub your face in it,'" he recalls -- and he's scheduled to be on hand to witness today's signing. Here's his story.