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Adkins proposes amendment to industrial hemp bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins is proposing an amendment that he believes could revive legislation intended to allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the plant.

Adkins' proposal would involve the University of Kentucky in a research project. It also would revamp the Kentucky Hemp Commission, designating the Kentucky State Police commissioner and the UK agriculture dean as co-chairs along with the state agriculture commissioner.

The hemp legislation has been hotly debated this year in Frankfort. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Adkins' proposal seems to be "a path forward" but that he will have to take a closer look before deciding whether to support it.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 50.

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