Kentucky Governor Urges Obama to Consider New Approach on Hemp

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to consider a new approach to how the gfullframehempovernment deals with hemp – he’s asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general’s office work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the issue.

“We want to explore any and all opportunities that have the possible potential for job creation and enhancing rural economies in areas of our state,” Governor Beshear stated in the letter.

Kentucky recently became one of 9 states which have passed laws legalizing hemp on the state level. However, the new law taking effect is contingent on either a change in federal law, or Kentucky being granted a federal waiver to cultivate hemp, something that both of the state’s U.S. Senators – Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell – have been adamantly working towards.

Governor Beshear now joins the rapidly growing number of individuals, including lawmakers, which are calling for the U.S. to take a new, more pragmatic approach to the hemp plant, rather than prohibiting it outright.


1 thought on “Kentucky Governor Urges Obama to Consider New Approach on Hemp”

  1. There are many states that can financially benefit from the sales of marijuana. Stop a lot of border problems too. Free a lot of people from jail. There is not one single harmful side effect from marijuana use. It is a gift to the people. The government should leave the people alone where this plant is concerned. If I can heal myself, why not be allowed to grow a plant in my backyard? Everyone wants to make money off of the gift. It’s wrong.


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