Posted on 2/2/14

marijuana ky 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/11/13) – Agriculture Commissioner James Comer applauded Gov. Steve Beshear’s letter to President Barack Obama asking the federal government to identify economic opportunities from the production of industrial hemp.
“I welcome the Governor’s partnership in this effort and for bringing this important issue to the President’s attention,” Commissioner Comer said. “We have to start talking very seriously about job creation in this state, and I think we are going to have to look for new, creative ways to help our farmers and agriculture community. And if we are going to move Kentucky forward, Republicans and Democrats will have to work together.”
Comer said he asked the governor to submit the letter, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a similar request. In the letter, Gov. Beshear asked that the U.S. attorney general, agriculture secretary, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Drug Enforcement Administration work together “to identify economic opportunities in the hemp industry that do not negatively impact [Kentucky’s] drug eradication efforts.”
The Kentucky General Assembly in March passed Senate Bill 50, which state Sen. Paul Hornback sponsored and Comer supported, establishing an administrative framework for industrial hemp production in Kentucky. In April, Commissioner Comer headed a bipartisan delegation to Washington, where he met with members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation, House Speaker John Boehner, and representatives of federal agencies to urge them to legalize hemp production in Kentucky.
Comer pointed out that his chief of staff meets regularly with Gov. Beshear’s chief of staff and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy to discuss issues facing Kentucky agriculture. “We want to keep the lines of communication open and take the politics out of agricultural policy so we can better serve the industry,” Comer said. “My office and the governor’s people are working closely so we can deal with agricultural issues in a coordinated, bipartisan manner.”
SurfKY News
Information provided by Ted Sloan your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,050.75
+138.46 (0.82%)    
2 S&P 2,013.43
+17.60 (0.88%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,810.79
+19.64 (0.41%)    

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4741

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4536

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 3991

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3664

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 02, 2015 3198

Mahr Park Project Manager Describes Present,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13246

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11320

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 07, 2015 4536

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3065

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 07, 2015 2782

3 From Greenville Indicted On Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 1401

McConnell Bill To Help Families Adopting Children…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 1141

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 1029

Madisonville Police Department Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 858

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 794

MCC Participating in Used Mobile Phone Drive to…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 773

Lt. Gov. Urges Continued Healthcare Path for…

by SurfKY News
October 08, 2015 682

Local Pastor's Son Filming Documentary about…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News