House Ag Committee to Look at Hemp Bill

By Michael Gossum | 

Lawmakers in Frankfort are closer to legalizing hemp after the Senate passed a bill late last week.

Supporters say it will bring new jobs and more money, and those against it say it could lead to more drug problems due to its resemblance to marijuana.

The senate bill will now likely go to the House Agriculture Committee possibly even this week.

Tuesday, house ag committee members weighed in.

"I understand the law enforcements part, I understand what the farmers are saying. For land that's not being used for row crops, for under producing lands, mountaintop removal, reclaimed lands, I think it might be a benefit to have that," said Rep. Martha Jane King, (D) Lewisburg.

"If produced and regulated properly, it can be a job creator in the state of Kentucky. It's not going to be able to be grown everywhere. There's only certain parts of the commonwealth, hemp can be grown, where it's profitable. It will be highly regulated," said Rep. Jim DeCesare, (R) Rockfield.

It's got bi-partisan support, but some are still predicting it not to pass in the house committee.

Currently, federal law says hemp is illegal, but republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are working to change that.

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