Gov. Beshear Appeals To President Obama For Help On Hemp

Jun 10, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Despite voicing concerns about the legalization of industrial hemp during the 2013 General Session in Frankfort, Gov. Steve Beshear is now asking the president for help on the issue.  Beshear allowed Senate Bill 50, which set up a licensing system for hemp growers, to become law without his signature.

In a letter to President Obama, Beshear says he wants Kentucky to be able to “explore any and all opportunities that have the potential for job creation and enhancing rural economies in areas of our state.” Beshear also requested that the U.S. Attorney General, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture work with the Drug Enforcement Administration to identify economic opportunities that do not negatively impact drug eradication efforts.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried unsuccessfully to include pro-hemp language in the federal Farm Bill, which is set for a vote in the Senate.