Legislature passes industrial hemp legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Legislature has approved a bill that would allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.

The measure passed the House 88-4. Minutes later, it passed the Senate 35-1.

House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said the measure would position Kentucky to quickly become a top producer of industrial hemp if the feds change the plant's classification as a controlled substance.

Hemp thrived as a crop in Kentucky generations ago but has been banned for decades.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes hemp could be an important crop for Kentucky farmers again.


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