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Gubernatorial candidates mull industrial hemp

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's crop of gubernatorial
candidates has mixed feelings about allowing farmers to grow
industrial hemp.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican challenger David
Williams want more discussions on the pros and cons of hemp
production. But independent Gatewood Galbraith believes it's been
talked about long enough and it's time to lift restrictions on hemp
production.
The candidates discussed their feelings about industrial hemp, a
cousin to marijuana, in responses to a questionnaire from The
Associated Press.
Kentucky has an ideal climate for hemp production and, during
World War II, was a leading grower of the plant that produces
strong fibers that was using in fabrics, ropes and other materials
for the military. A growing number of Kentucky farmers have been
calling for restrictions to be lifted.


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