Kentucky Governor Signs Resolution Urging Feds to Legalize Hemp

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Kentucky Governor Signs Resolution Urging Feds to Legalize Hemp

A resolution urging the federal government to legalize hemp has been signed into law by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Governor Bevin’s signing of Kentucky House Concurrent Resolution 35 comes less than two weeks after it was approved, unanimously (36 to 0), by the state’s Senate. In February it was passed by the House of Representatives in an overwhelming 93 to 2 vote.

The resolution states that the “General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky urges the United States Congress to take action by enacting legislation that:

(1) Encourages large-scale commercial cultivation of hemp by removing it from the list of controlled substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act;

(2) Prevents the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from sending DEA agents onto farms and other sites where hemp is being grown, stored, and processed;

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(3) Creates legal protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to legitimate hemp businesses; and

(4) Instructs the federal Food and Drug Administration to accelerate clinical trials and other research on the health effects of cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids found in hemp.

The full resolution can be found by clicking here.

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