Kentucky Argiculture Commissioner Announces Hemp Cultivation Pilot Programs

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced that the state will soon kentucky-set-to-be-first-state-to-legalize-hemp-production.si begin hemp pilot projects across the state aimed at researching the various benefits of hemp.

The move is made possible by last year’s passage of Senate Bill 50, which legalized hemp in Kentucky, as well as the recent passage of a national farms bill which included a provision that legalized hemp research in states, like Kentucky, that have legalized hemp.

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Kentucky to Move Forward With Legal Hemp Production

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted today to approve a plan by the state’s Agriculture Department to soon begin issuing hemp licenses, with hemp farming to begin next year. This mohemp111ve is possible due to the passage of Senate Bill 50 earlier this year which legalized hemp in the state, with it taking effect being contingent on a change in federal law. With the recent announcement from the Obama Administration that they won’t go after states which have legalized cannabis, the state is considering that to be enough of a change.

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Kentucky Hemp Farming to Begin Next Year, Says Agriculture Commissioner

In April Senate Bill 50 became law in Kentucky, ending the state’s prohibition on hemp, while making state-licensed cultivation contingent on a change in federal law. Now that the Obama Administration hashemp announced that they won’t enforce federal law in states where cannabis has been made legal, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and the Agriculture Department’s attorney Luke Morgan stated today that this allows the state to move forward with licensing hemp producers; Comer will push for the state to begin licensing by the year’s end, with legal hemp cultivation beginning next year.

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