July 23, 2014

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Hemp bill clears House committee, future is uncertain

By Janet Patton

A week after a first attempt, a hemp bill made it out of the Kentucky House Agriculture Committee with a nearly unanimous vote. But the bill still could die if House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, blocks a vote on the House floor.

Committee chairman Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, said he hoped that the bill would move forward for the sake of farmers and for the jobs that he said hemp could bring to Kentucky.

McKee and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who is pushing for the bill, both said they think the bill could pass easily in the House if a vote is allowed. The Senate passed the bill 31-6 this month.