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1996 | Woody Harrelson announces hemp essay winners

Updated: Jan 19, 2019


The winners of Harrelson's hemp essay contest were announced on Saturday, October 26, 1996. Jenny Kinchen, a 13-year old hom school student from Frankfort, won best essay and $500 for her history and persuasion for the potential legalization of industrial hemp.

Harrelson came to Lexington to recognize the winning writers. Entries were divided into three age groups. The winner in each took home $500, second place $300 and third $150. About 50 students submitted entries.

Teacher Donna Cockrel later presented the pro-hemp student essays to President Bill Clinton during a Louisville rally.




















Click the links below to learn more about the Harrelson and Cockrel trials:

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Sources

http://cincinnati.newspapers.com/newspage/102236792/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1997/01/05/splendor-in-the-grass-the-hemp-plant-comes-in-two-varieties-one-its-proponents-say-could-transform-industries-and-provide-an-environmentally-safe-source-of-wonder-products-the-other-is-marijuana-and-therein-lies-a-debate-that-has-business-warily-stalking-a-tantalizing-raw-material/bc87fc5f-9224-4378-bedc-dd800bd072f4/

Image Source: October 27, 1996, Ocala Star-Banner

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