Kentucky Industrial Hemp Legislation Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director April 5, 2013

    On Friday, April 5th, Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky stated that he will let Kentucky’s industrial hemp measure become law without his signature. Gov. Beshear had expressed concerns that marijuana growers could hide their illegal growing operations with hemp plants. Despite his concerns, he allowed the measure to become law without his signature and did not veto the legislation.

    House and Senate lawmakers passed an amended version of Senate Bill 50, “An Act relating to industrial hemp”, in March during the final hours of the 2013 legislative session. Noting that “public pressure to pass the bill helped achieve the last-minute deal.”

    After the bills approval by the state legislature, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stated that “by passing this bill, the General Assembly has signaled that Kentucky is serious about restoring industrial hemp production to the commonwealth and doing it in the right way. That will give Kentucky’s congressional delegation more leverage when they seek a federal waiver allowing Kentucky farmers to grow hemp.”

    Kentucky is now the ninth state to have passed a law allowing for farmers to cultivate industrial hemp. Hemp cultivation is still prohibited by the federal government, so until the feds alter their current policy, it is unlikely that Kentucky farmers will begin to grow this crop. Of the eight states who previously approved industrial hemp legislation, only Hawaii has received a federal waiver allowing them to grow an acre of hemp for research purposes.

    Federal legislation, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana is currently pending in the US Senate and House of Representatives and has been sponsored by prominent politicians such as Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. You can click here to write your federal officials in support of this legislation.

    33 Responses to “Kentucky Industrial Hemp Legislation Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature”

    1. This is going to prove to be huge for the state of Kentucky.

    2. Tracie says:

      Hemp and marijuana look nothing alike as mature plats. my family is associated with medical marijuana in colorado, ive seen both and can tell the difference without my glasses on. Hemp will not polinate marijuana, if anything it can contaminate the marijuana to where it will not bud, it will still flower but no bud and the bud is what the pot smokers smoke. The truth behind this is they want McConnell out so anything he is for, they are against. Beshear publically stated he wanted McConnell out because he can’t bribe him with a little office like he has anyone else that calls him on his bs. you want hemp, voting Beshear out of office is the only way you will get it because he may not be on record for or against but his mouth is running to those that matter.

    3. Tennessee Jed says:

      I agree with JohneyHempseed , industrialized hemp would virtually ruin any good marijuana via open pollinization !! This would be bad for outdoor growers ! Everything good would have to be grown indoors and then your still not 100% if you want to have a window open on a hot day !!!

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