Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer says jobs and competitiveness will be centerpieces of his campaign, but he'll need Democrats on board.

Josh James / WUKY

It wasn’t quite a gubernatorial debate, but Kentuckians got a taste of the coming campaign Tuesday at a business summit panel in Louisville.

It may not come as a surprise for anyone tuned into Kentucky politics, but a Comer run for governor now appears to be taking shape.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is under mounting pressure to release the 250 pounds of hemp seed intended for pilot projects in the state.

With congressional passage of the Farm Bill likely this week, hemp could come to Kentucky as early as this year.

Hemp production may be on the verge of a comeback in Kentucky, where the non-potent cousin of marijuana once thrived.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A ruling by the U-S Justice Department will honor state laws on regulated marijuana sales, which greenlights production of industrial hemp in Kentucky.

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes the ruling clarifies that the Federal Government does not and will not view Kentucky’s industrial hemp as an illegal product and they will not intervene on state passed laws on the issue.  Kentucky lawmakers did that when they passed Senate Bill 50.  Comer says growing hemp gives farmers another tool in the tool box.

Ky. Hemp Supporters Gain Big Endorsement

Jan 20, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Industrial hemp's repositioning toward mainstream status gained ground with a timely endorsement from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. But the plant's proponents have more work to do in cultivating support to legalize a crop that once was a Bluegrass state staple.