Industrial Hemp Officially Legal in Kentucky

As it passes midnight in Kentucky, Senate Bill 50 officially becomes law. The measure, which legalizes industrial hemp in the state, recently passed the Senate and House, giving the governor until April 6th at iENAhv8Luhy811:59PM to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law. With no veto or signature, and with it now being April 7th, the bill has officially become law.

Under this new measure, hemp production is now legal in Kentucky. However, with the federal government still seeing hemp as a schedule 1 drug next to the likes of heroin and other dangerous substances, Kentuckians will need to wait until a federal change to take place to begin production.

However, Kentucky’s U.S. Senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell (the Republican Senate minority leader), have stated that they will work diligently to grant a federal waiver to Kentucky to grow hemp now that this measure has passed. Both lawmakers are also working on federal legislation to end federal hemp production, immediately allowing a state like Kentucky to begin growing hemp.

Kentucky is the 9th state in the U.S. to legalize hemp.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


  1. richard

    Does this crop become prosperous by growing only a couple acres or do you have to grow a lot of it?

  2. Diane

    Thanks for hemp being legal, Now if the government would just do the right thing and just let it grow everywhere naturally,then we the people can be healthy on our own without the high paying medical costs and other things that are simply keeping us from being FREE……

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