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Hemp legislation father Lloyd Casey, 86, on fight for bill being signed today

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.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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