Hemp

Government
11:38 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Inquire Into DEA's Policy On Hemp

Kentucky officials are again approaching the United States Drug Enforcement Administration about growing industrial hemp in the state. 

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Government
7:19 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.

Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.

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Government
12:18 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Ag Commissioner James Comer Heading to Washington to Talk Hemp

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is finalizing details for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., to try and get a federal waiver for industrial hemp. 

Earlier this year, Kentucky lawmakerspassed a bill setting up a regulatory framework for hemp growing in Kentucky. Comer promises to work at the federal level for legalization or a waiver.

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2013 KY General Assembly
12:22 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Hemp, Medi-Share Bills Become Law

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is allowing a bill regulating hemp in Kentucky to become law without his signature.

Supporters of Senate Bill 50 were concerned that the Governor might veto the bill after he continually expressed concerns that law enforcement groups had with the bill.

But those concerns apparently weren't enough to veto the bill, as the governor says he will let it become law.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Chamber Joins Hemp Supporters

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Another supporter has come out in favor of industrial hemp in Kentucky. The state’s largest business group, the Kentucky Chamber, announced today that it supports hemp as a crop for oil and fiber.

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Politics
11:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Law Enforcement Issues with Hemp Must Be Worked Out

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Before he joins the call for legalized industrial hemp, Gov. Steve Beshear wants law enforcement officials to resolve their concerns about the issue.

The issue: Some Kentucky officials believe legalized industrial hemp would be good for Kentucky's economy, but law enforcement officials are concerned that such a move would conflict with efforts to crack down on marijuana growers.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Hemp Industry Won't Grow Overnight, Agriculture Economists Say

As Kentucky and federal lawmakers consider legalizing industrial hemp, the chair of the University of Kentucky's agriculture economics department notes that such an industry won't rise overnight.

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Hemp
1:54 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Hemp Commission Will Work on Proposal, Economic Impact Study

James Comer
Credit KY Department of Agriculture

The second meeting of the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission will soon begin sorting through the details of its efforts to bring legalized hemp to Kentucky.

The commission will work on the details of a new legislative bill proposal, such what the bill will include and which legislators will sponsor it during the 2013 session, said the chairman, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Comer: Marijuana Votes in Other States Bolster Kentucky Hemp Efforts

James Comer
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Kentucky Agriculture Secretary James Comer said recent measures in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana use will only strengthen efforts to allow industrial hemp in the commonwealth.

Marijuana and hemp are considered cousins. Hemp is grown for its fiber and oil and it can'’t be used as a drug like marijuana can.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kentucky Hemp Commission will meet for first time in a decade

For the first time in a decade, Kentucky's commission on industrial hemp will hold a meeting.

The commission has been dormant since its inception, but Agriculture Commissioner James Comer supports hemp and is reviving the panel.

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