I’m really excited to have Michael Quinn on the show. In this first episode, we will get more acquainted with him. We will also talk about the Deseret Hemp Company. Yes, I said Hemp! On the ballot this fall is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana here in Utah. Michael Quinn will talk about a church-owned company that grew hemp right here in Utah! Will they get back in the business?
Michael: Brigham Young as church president, and for a period of time as governor established a lot of missions with an economic basis. So there was a flax mission, there was a cotton mission, which of course also caused the textile industry in Utah to grow. And then there was a hemp-growing process, although it wasn’t exactly his mission, but there were general authorities who were involved in the growing of hemp and, and its use in manufacturing shirts and trousers. So that was similar. It was a similar kind of enterprise to the cotton mission that Brigham Young had established in southern Utah, but that lasted longer and it was more successful. And as far as I know, I have no evidence of anyone smoking any of the hemp.