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Kentucky Passes Hemp-Growing Bill
Move will make it easy to resume production just in case feds ever give OK
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 12:33 AM CDT
The federal government's attitude to hemp has changed since it produced this 1942 propaganda film.   (AP Photo/USDA)

(Newser) – Kentucky's House and Senate have passed a bill that could help the state become a major producer of hemp once again—if the federal government ever lifts its ban on the crop. Lawmakers voted heavily in favor of a measure to quickly license industrial-scale hemp growers, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The DEA currently does not distinguish between marijuana and its THC-light cousin, though tokers would need to go through bales of hemp to get a buzz.

Most of Kentucky's congressional delegation supports federal legislation that would distinguish between hemp and marijuana. Opponents of the state bill cited Kentucky State Police concerns that officers would not be able to tell legal hemp crops from illegal marijuana ones. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has said he shares those concerns and it's not clear whether he will veto the hemp bill when it reaches his desk, the Courier-Journal reports.

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BCS
Mar 27, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
This would be huge if we could do this nation wide. World wide it would be even more amazing. The amount of trees that could be left alone if we could grow this hemp is staggering. All kinds of things can be made out of hemp, from rope and paper, to building materials and soap. The plant itself does a good job of cleaning the soil and of course more trees means less carbon dioxide, less land slides, and cleaner air. It also extends the ecosystem and helps to support our population. This is a must for the future and should be a top priority of the federal government.
Spudsy
Mar 27, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
"concerns that officers would not be able to tell legal hemp crops from illegal marijuana ones. " --- Yes, idiots. Let your farmers die in poverty because you are afraid that a few people might prefer a drug much less harmful than your poisonous bourbon.
saucier111
Mar 27, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
If you can not tell the differance from hemp and Marijuana, you are going to have trouble solving any crime.This is free market interprise,unless it competes with Dupont or any other American protected incorporations profits.