marijuana ky 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/12/13) – Agriculture Commissioner James Comer today cheered House passage of legislation to allow university research on industrial hemp. The measure was an amendment to the farm bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
“Without a doubt, this was an historic day for industrial hemp in America,” Comer said. “There’s a long way to go in the legislative process. And I won’t be satisfied until Kentucky farmers can legally grow industrial hemp again. But I am pleased that we have made it this far.”
 
“We’re excited that the hemp amendment was included in the farm bill that was passed today,” said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. “This moves us one step closer to our goal.”
 
The amendment would allow colleges and universities to grow hemp for research purposes in states where hemp production is allowed by state law.
 
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Vanceburg was one of three co-sponsors of the amendment and has filed a bill that would remove hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. Massie joined Comer, Rep. John Yarmuth, and Sen. Rand Paul to testify before the state Senate Agriculture Committee in support of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback to create an administrative framework for industrial hemp production in Kentucky. State Sen. Robin Webb also spoke out in favor of the bill, and state House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins mounted a last-ditch effort that led to passage of the bill.
 
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Reps. Andy Barr, Brett Guthrie, and Ed Whitfield also have publicly supported restoring legal hemp production to Kentucky.
 
“It wasn’t that long ago that people told us we wouldn’t even get a sponsor for the bill in the state Senate,” Comer said. “Now we have a state law for regulating hemp production, and one house of Congress has passed legislation to allow colleges and universities to grow hemp. This has been an amazing journey. And we’re not finished.”
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Ted Sloan

e-max.it: 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

In Other News...

Owensboro Board of Commissioners Commission Meeting Sept. 1

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/28/15) — The Owensboro Board of Commissioners will hold a Commission meeting at 5 p.m., on Tuesday,… Read More

Maroons Edge Murray, 3-2

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/28/15) — Madisonville-North Hopkins edged visiting Murray 3-2 in a boys' high school soccer game… Read More
1 DOW 16,643.01
-11.76 (-0.07%)    
2 S&P 1,988.87
+1.21 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,828.33
+15.62 (0.32%)    

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10966

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 6104

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 5036

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4571

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4186

MPD Coducting Sobriety Checkpoints

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 15934

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10966

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 28, 2015 1515

Two Webster County Residents Injured in Hopkins…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1341

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 1179

'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1161

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 1004

All Occasions Formals to Host Celebration to…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 29, 2015 972

UK Part of First Study on Marijuana Compound…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 971

Rep. Montell Proposes Bill to Stop Sweeping of…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 954

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 732

Kentucky High School Football Schedule

by Steve LeMaster
August 28, 2015 717

Rep. Gooch, Others Argue against Burden Caused by…

by SurfKY News