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.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has stepped up the fight against synthetic drugs by signing emergency regulations banning newly identified forms of synthetic marijuana.

Beshear's action Tuesday is the first time an administrative regulation has been used to outlaw synthetic substances, which mimic the effects of cocaine, marijuana and other illegal stimulants.

In the past, Kentucky lawmakers have passed laws banning drugs known as "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A state lawmaker is preparing to unveil legislation that he will introduce in next year's
legislative session that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Democratic Sen. Perry Clark  of Louisville scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. EDT Thursday to promote what he has dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act'' in honor of the late
Lexington attorney who was the state's leading proponent of marijuana legalization.