Lawmakers Say Hemp Would Again Be A Boon To KY Agriculture

Jan 21, 2012 by
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Kentucky farmers could soon once again lead the nation with a crop steeped in tradition: hemp.With the support of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Kentucky lawmakers filed a bill on Thursday to put Comer at the head of the long-dormant Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission and renew a drive to bring the crop back, reports Janet Patton at the Herald-Leader.

 

Twelve Kentucky House members — including a former speaker — signed on to support the bill to promote industrial hemp production in the state, reports Gregory A. Hall at the Courier-Journal.

Hemp — also known as cannabis sativa — is one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants, but it was consigned to outlaw status when marijuana prohibition was implemented in 1937, even though hemp strains of cannabis have almost no THC, the principal ingredient that gives users a high.

 

Comer said that if House Bill 286 is approved by the Kentucky General Assembly, he will petition federal authorities for a permit for Kentucky to grow hemp. The state Department of Agriculture would regulate hemp cultivation permits, at least in the beginning, according to Comer.

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