Stumbo Says KY Hemp Bill Is Dead

Mar 12, 2013

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the state's industrial hemp bill is dead, although the measure’s proponents insist it's not too late to revive it in the waning days of the General Assembly session. The proposal would let Kentucky quickly license hemp growers if the federal government lifts its ban on the plant.

Hemp thrived as a crop in the Commonwealth generations ago, but has been banned for decades by the federal government. Greg Stumbo says the bill is stuck in committee and it’s too late for a vote based on General Assembly rules. Three days remain in this year's legislative session.