Industrial Hemp

Local/Regional News
5:03 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Justice Dept. Clears The Way For Industrial Hemp In Ky.

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.

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8:21 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Beshear Still Considering Hemp Bill, Massie Pushing Federal Legislation

Gov. Steve Beshear (left) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky)

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.

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Local/Regional News
9:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature

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.

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Local/Regional News
9:39 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Researchers Studying Market Viability of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - While Kentucky lawmakers continue to wrangle over an industrial hemp bill, researchers at the University of Kentucky are working on an economic impact report.

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Local/Regional News
6:56 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Ky. Hemp Supporters Gain Big Endorsement

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.

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6:38 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Industrial Hemp Bill to be Filed in Ky. General Assembly

Industrial hemp - photo courtesy flickr user LouisaHennessy

LEXINGTON, Ky. - State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says a bill to allow the growth of industrial hemp will soon be filed in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Local/Regional News
7:48 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hemp Commission Convenes, Has Legislative Goals

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (center) chairs the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A state commission created by the Kentucky General Assembly held its first meeting in Frankfort  Wednesday after years of inactivity.

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Local/Regional News
9:34 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Paul, Comer Push For Industrial Hemp In Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer pushed Thursday for industrial hemp production in Kentucky, announcing the reformation of a long idle commission that will press to lift federal restrictions on the plant that once was a major cash crop.

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Local/Regional News
2:47 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Comer, Senator Paul To Talk Up Hemp At State Fair

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -  Two of Kentucky’s highest profile Republicans are teaming up to rally for industrial hemp.  U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday to double down on their support for the crop, which can be used for textiles or oil.

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