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Kinky Friedman talks border security, legalized pot

Kinky Friedman talks border security, legalized pot
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:14pm

Democrat Richard “Kinky” Friedman on Wednesday brought his hopes to lead the Texas Agriculture Commission to Longview, singing a conservative song on the tax, border security and education finance benefits of legalized pot.

“The only questions I am asking are if it’s good for Texas and if it will cripple and hurt the Mexican drug cartels,” Friedman said during a phone interview before arriving in the city where the Hill Country musician was scheduled for a concert.

“I’m not a dope smoker,” he said, adding that he makes an exception when in the company of his friend, fellow troubadour and Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson.

Like Nelson, Friedman aspires to help farmers in challenging times, in part by providing a new cash crop option. The recently passed federal farm bill provides grant funds Friedman said could be channeled to pilot pot projects.
 

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