House floor leader holds out hope for hemp bill

3/26/2013 7:15 PM
By Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers were continuing work into the final hours of the 2013 legislative session to pass a bill that would allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.

House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said he remained hopeful that a deal could be struck between House and Senate negotiators before the Legislature adjourns Tuesday night.

Hemp thrived as a crop in Kentucky generations ago but has been banned for decades by the federal government since it was classified as a controlled substance. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes hemp could be an important crop for Kentucky farmers again.

Adkins is pushing an amendment that would appoint the Kentucky State Police as the agency designated to issue licenses to hemp growers.

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