Industrial Hemp

Josh James / WUKY

Kentucky’s first legal hemp crop in more than half a century is in the ground.

Kentucky Gains Permit For Hemp Seeds

May 22, 2014

A Ky. Agriculture Dept. official says the state has received a federal permit to release an impounded shipment of hemp seeds for spring planting.

Hemp Seed Legal Case To Stretch Into Next Week

May 16, 2014

Friday brought no end to the case between Kentucky's Agriculture department and the federal government.

Talks Over Hemp Seeds Break Down, State Sues Feds

May 14, 2014

Kentucky's Agriculture Department has filed a lawsuit seeking the release of imported hemp seeds being held up by federal officials.

Customs Officials Holding Up Kentucky's Hemp Seeds

May 13, 2014

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer calls it "government overreach at its worst."

A bill that would allow for medical trials of an oil derived from marijuana has emerged from a Kentucky Senate committee.

Ky. Ag Commissioner Reveals Five Pilot Hemp Projects

Feb 17, 2014

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the reintroduction of hemp production will start with at least five pilot projects across the state.

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

Beshear Still Considering Hemp Bill, Massie Pushing Federal Legislation

Apr 2, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky.  Gov. Steve Beshear has until Saturday to sign or veto a bill that would open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky. So far, he hasn't said what he'll do.

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature

Mar 27, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State lawmakers have approved a bill to allow a regulatory framework to be set up for industrial hemp in Kentucky, if the crop is legalized at the federal level.

Senate Bill 50 will give control of licensing of future hemp farmers to the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, while allowing Kentucky State Police to do background checks on the farmers.

The Department of Agriculture will oversee many administrative roles involved in industrial hemp.