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Kentucky Attorney General offers help for pilot hemp project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's attorney general is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year.

Friday's announcement reflects cooperation between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Both are potential gubernatorial candidates next year.

Conway will contact federal border patrol officials to ensure hemp seeds are legally imported. He also pledged to help pursue a federal waiver to allow for the expansion of hemp production for commercial uses.

Comer says he appreciates Conway's willingness to help overcome any remaining legal obstacles to creating a hemp market for Kentucky farmers.

The new federal farm bill gives the go-ahead for pilot programs in states that already allow the growing of hemp, though federal drug law has blocked cultivation in most.

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