April 19, 2014

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Comer to call on Washington to lift hemp ban

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer plans to lead a delegation to Washington within a month to seek an exemption for Kentucky producers to grow industrial hemp.

“I will work closely with Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and Representatives John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie to put Kentucky first in line if and when the federal government allows industrial hemp production,” Commissioner Comer said hours after the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 50, state Sen. Paul Hornback’s bill to establish an administrative framework for hemp production in Kentucky. “We are closer to our goal of bringing hemp back to Kentucky than we have been in more than 60 years, and our work continues.”