State Senate

Industrial Hemp Bill Passes State Senate

Feb 14, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The comeback of industrial hemp in Kentucky has gained ground with state Senate passage of a bill to regulate the crop if the current federal ban is lifted.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 31-6 vote Thursday.

It now heads to the House, where its prospects are much less certain.

Industrial hemp once thrived in Kentucky, but the crop has been banned for decades since the federal government classified it as a controlled substance related to marijuana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers has won re-election, putting him in line as a possible successor to David Williams as the Senate's next top leader. 

Stivers, a Manchester Republican, easily defeated Democrat Ralph Hoskins in Tuesday's election in their eastern Kentucky district.

Stivers has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Williams as Senate president. Williams resigned from the Senate recently to become a circuit judge in southern Kentucky.