industrial hemp

2013 KY General Assembly
6:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Industrial Hemp Debate Continues

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The industrial hemp debate will resume in Frankfort later this morning.  A bill seeking a pilot project for hemp in Kentucky will be discussed in a Senate committee.  Carrying the ball for putting hemp in farmer’s fields is Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

 “We find new uses every day for industrial hemp," he says. "It’s a green crop.  It’s something that is replacing plastic in the automotive industry.  You can make paper with industrial hemp, textiles, cosmetics and lotions, bio fuels.”

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Politics
5:16 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly

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Support for industrial hemp is growing in Kentucky behind the efforts of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. With last week's endorsement from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Comer now has the majority of the state’s federal delegation behind him.

Both senators and half of the state's congressmen have publicly endorsed legalizing industrial hemp. They say Kentucky is well-suited to be a leader in growing hemp for fiber and oil. But the push does have its opponents.

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Government
2:58 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

KPR's Colston Sets Up 2013 Kentucky Legislative Session

Pension reform, updating liquor laws, expanded gaming, a state-wide smoking ban and legalizing the production of industrial hemp are just a few issues Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston thinks will be on the agenda for this year's legislative session in Frankfort. Colston speaks with Chad Lampe about the details surrounding some of those issues and who will fill  retiring Sen. Ken Winters's (R-Murray) seat on the senate education committee. Plus, hear if there are any hard feeling between  Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) and Senate President-elect Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) after his failed attempt at seeking the top post in the Senate.

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
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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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Government
2:52 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Sheriffs' Association Holding Judgment on Legalizing Hemp

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Kentucky Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jerry Wagner says his group hasn't decided on supporting or opposing legalizing industrial hemp. Wagner and other members of the KSA board met with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer yesterday in Frankfort for more information on the subject. Comer has come out in favor of legalizing hemp.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky State Police Not OK with Legalized Pot

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This month, voters in Colorado and Washington elected to legalize marijuana in their states. And this week, the superintendent of the Indiana State Police told his state’s lawmakers that he supports legalizing and regulating marijuana.

The traditionally hard-line stance American officials have held against marijuana is relaxing in some places -- but don't expect Kentucky law enforcement to follow along.

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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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Culture
9:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Industrial Hemp in the Jackson Purchase

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The Kentucky Hemp Museum is looking to make the Jackson Purchase its new home. The museum, which was previously located in Lexington now hope to settle in Christian County, once hotbed of industrial Hemp Growth. WKMS’s Drew Adams spoke to Kentucky Hemp Museum Director Katie Moyer about the move to the Purchase, the uses for hemp and why it’s different from its psychoactive cousin, marijuana. 

Business
3:58 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Kentucky Hemp Museum Looks to Settle in Pennyrile Region

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The president of the Kentucky Hemp Museum hopes to make Hopkinsville its new home. The museum had been a private collection in Lexington, consisting of various agricultural equipment and related memorabilia.  

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