In spite concerns about illegal marijuana growing operators, Kentucky’s industrial hemp bill became law when Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear let the hemp bill pass without doing anything. The new law will come in to effect without Governor Beshear’s signature and without veto.
Kentucky’s legislature passed Senete Bill 50, “An Act retaining to industrial hemp,” in March. Mounting public pressure to pass it helped achieved a last-minute deal between both sides of the issue. Governor Beshear and the Kentucky law enforcement community were the last remain obstacles preventing the measure from becoming law.
In a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader about the bill, Governor Beshear noted that he supported finding new ways for Kentucky farms can make profits. However, he and the law enforcement community did not want to give criminals avenues to increase Kentucky’s drug problem. and I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that will increase that drug problem.
Kentucky’s police feared that the legislation would cover up illegal majiuana production. Marijuana is similar to hemp but contains higher levels of the main active ingredient. However, Kentucky’s legislature and the public sided with scientists who noted that industrial would destroy the more potent and more profitable strand in the process. They passed the bill since there would no be away for criminals to use the law to hide their drugs.
After the bill passed the state legislature, Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer mentioned that Kentucky was allowing Kentucky farmers to grow hemp and doing it the right way. Kentucky farms were searching for a new crop to sell, but they may not jump on to hemp just yet.
While Kentucky is the ninth state to have its farmers to produce and make industrial-grade hemp, the state still has to apply for federal waivers that would to allow farmers to plant and harvest hemp as it is still against federal law. Right now, Hawaii is the only member of the nine to receive federal hemp waiver to actually grow the plant, but Hawaii is only allowed an acre of hemp and only for research.
Congress is currently considering a bill that will allow people to have hemp. If they pass the Industrial Farming Act, hemp would no longer be considered an illegal substance. Sponsored by several members of Congress, the bill would remove hemp from the definition of marijuana. If this happens you can have as much hemp in hour house as you want and then some.