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Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Senate

Hemp Bill Passes Senate

An industrial hemp bill has passed the Kentucky Senate that would regulate the crop, should the federal government lift its ban on the former agricultural staple in the Bluegrass state.

The bill cleared the legislative body on a 31-6 vote as supporters, including US Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, promoted its ability to diversify Kentucky farms.

The bill would license industrial hemp growers, provided the crop gets a federal reprieve, notes Yahoo! News.

Supporters have agreed that industrial hemp farming would help create processing and manufacturing jobs to turn the plant into paper, clothing, auto parts, biofuels, food, and lotions.

Unlike the cannabis plant, industrial hemp has little to no THC, meaning that the plant is, in essence, not a drug. Senator Paul Hornback, a tobacco farmer who was the lead sponsor on the bill, stated he recently heard from two companies who would want to capitalize on a hemp comeback in Kentucky.

Bloomberg notes that the hemp bill will now go before the House, though its prospects there are less certain. House Speaker Greg Stumbo commented, “I think it’ll have a little tougher time here.”

Stumbo added that the bill faces tough discussion. He believes supporters of industrial hemp have not yet been able to prove there is a viable market for the crop in Kentucky. He added:

“It’s not that we’re saying ‘no.’ We’re simply saying that the evidence doesn’t show that there’s enough of a market to override the concerns that the law enforcement community has.”

Skeptics in law enforcement have said that industrial hemp is difficult to distinguish from cannabis. Because of this, they believe marijuana growers will infiltrate hemp fields to grow the drug.

Would you support the industrial hemp bill that passed the Kentucky Senate?

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12 Responses to “Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Senate”

  1. Kentucky Veterans for Medical Marijuana

    I have fought to bring this plant back to Kentucky for over 20 years now. I would gladly support this bill. My only concern is, it isn't being brought back for the right reasons and prejudices still remain.
    Cannabis can do all the things this article says but most importantly it can save lives. Medicinal Cannabis has been proven to shrink breast cancer tumors, brain cancer and other ailments. I ask you which is more important? Hand lotion or a cure for cancer? Which would you choose? End the prohibition entirely! Let us use this plant for all it's purposes.

  2. Anonymous

    It's funny how they don't look into the fact that pure Hemp oil and Hemp has not only dramatically lowered symptoms but has also cured cancer numerous times.

  3. Cecilia Amicia Rose

    I would support this bill as a Kentuckian myself. To Kentucky Veterans for medical marijuana: yes it has medicinal purposes I will give yo uthat one but you are looking at this wrong. If they get it to pass for this reason it would be easier to get it to the pass for it s medicinal purposes. You got to look at it as one step at a time because in this country they have other priorities before any medical needs. But, by it passing in Kentucky it is a great step in the right direction. Also I agree then prohibition on this is stupid and they should remove it. Just wanted to give you a view to consider. Go KENTUCKY!

  4. BIll Ellsworth

    I can't believe the idiots in "law enforcement". What person in their right mind would plant cannabis meant for smoking in a field of hemp? Only the (non-pollinated) female plants contain a high enough percentage THC to be worth growing, if you put them in a field of hemp they would be pollinated, ruining the potency and resulting in inferior strain quality. Do they really think they can get away with not knowing the basic facts about a "drug" they have aggressively pursued for the last 50 years? Do they think we are stupid? Anyone who really wants to grow Marijuana need only MOVE TO COLORADO. I am tired of the regulatory agencies of our government (AKA Dinosaurs) lying blatantly to the public. Having said all that, GO KENTUCKY!

  5. Mike Parent

    Why don't they just admit that they don't want to lo$e their ea$y money, their Cash Cow! It doesn't bother them that they're ruining lives keeping their morally bankrupt policy. All that matter$ i$ the Money!

  6. Mary Jane Love

    On a global scale this is all about rich corporations. Hemp is a better and enviromentally cleaner product hands down hemp fiber wins. Cotton fields account for only 2.5% of industrial land mass yet use almost 17% of pestisides and other toxic chemicals in processing globally. Cotton is one of the "dirtiest" products made. And almost 100% of the seeds used are genetically modified. We are talking about monsanto and rich huge corporate chemical compamies. Its sad to say this will probably never get anywhere for those reasons. Hemp honestly could save our world… big business prevails. Most ppl have no idea how useful this plant is and corporat owned media will make sure the info never gets outs…

  7. Duncan Wallace

    It would take about 3 lbs of M&M's to train a chimpanzee to be able to differentiate industrial hemp from cannabis grown for enjoyment or medicine.

  8. Duncan Wallace

    We don't need to choose. If hand lotion gets us on the path of ending the idiocy of prohibition I say let's get her done. The journey of a million miles starts with a single step.

  9. Mike Parent

    ("We've heard that you can't get high off of hemp. You can get high off of hemp," warned Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer.)
    Commissioner, has that been the experience in all the Hemp producing nations? Fraud!