Environment
1:30 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Paul, Comer to Rally for Industrial Hemp

U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference on Thursday morning at the Kentucky State Fair to rally for industrial hemp.

Paul is the co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would make hemp legal again across the U.S. And Comer supports a state-level bill that would allow it in Kentucky. He does not support legalizing hemp's cousin crop, marijauna.

Comer said Kentucky has always been well-suited to growing hemp, and the crop could be helpful at a time like this.

“"It'’s more resilient to drought conditions than any crop I know. It’'s a green crop, you don’'t have to put out nitrogen fertilizer out for it, so it’'s a win-win situation," he said.

Comer is also expected to discuss the decade-old Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission, which has been dormant since it was created.