Kentucky Hemp Commission

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  The owner of Kentucky’s first hemp processing plant will open its doors to the public Saturday. Kentucky Hemp Works, located in Hopkinsville, was the first of 35 processing plants to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in its statewide hemp pilot project.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentucky’s industrial hemp market is growing as the state’s pilot program continues into its third year. As of February, there were 36 hemp processors in the state. That number is up 10 from last year.

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.

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.