Industrial hemp supporters in Kentucky are set to promote legislation that would license growers if a federal ban is lifted on the crop that once thrived in the state.
Kentucky's Senate Agriculture Committee is set to review the measure Monday. The committee's chairman, Paul Hornback, is the bill's lead sponsor. His proposal would require hemp growers to undergo criminal background checks and give GPS coordinates for their fields.
State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has championed efforts to re-establish hemp in Kentucky. He says it would give farmers another crop to grow and would create manufacturing jobs to turn hemp into products.
Hemp production is banned in the U.S. because the plant is related to marijuana. Hemp has a negligible content of the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.