Bill would make industrial hemp legal in Kentucky

  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hemp could replace tobacco as Kentucky

These industrial hemp plants were grown for fiber and grain in France. (Courtesy: Aleks on Wikimedia)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hemp could replace tobacco as Kentucky's
top cash crop and improve the state's economy, said legislators who
are proposing that it be made legal.

Hemp is the same plant as marijuana, but is grown so that it
does not contain enough of the drug THC to be intoxicating.

Rep. Richard Henderson, a Jeffersonville Democrat, is sponsoring
the bill.

Sen. Joey Pendleton, a Hopkinsville Democrat who also backs it,
said Congress will have to change federal law to allow its

Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer said growing industrial
hemp would allow expansion of Kentucky farm markets and create jobs in rural communities.

Hemp seed can be used for fuel, and its fiber can be used for
making paper, clothes and other products.

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