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Panel passes hemp bill, uncertain future awaits

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal that could open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky has cleared a House committee - but it still faces an uncertain future in the full chamber.

The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee approved the bill Wednesday morning. The vote was 24-1.

The legislation is intended to put Kentucky in position to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government lifts restrictions on growing it.

The measure already passed the Senate. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who opposes the bill, has said he doesn't know if it will be called for a floor vote.

State police and other law enforcement agencies have raised concerns about hemp fields being used to camouflage marijuana, which has identical leaves.


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