The Kentucky Legislature has approved a bill that would allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.
The measure passed the House 88-4. Minutes later, it passed the Senate 35-1.
House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said the measure would position Kentucky to quickly become a top producer of industrial hemp if the feds change the plant's classification as a controlled substance.
Hemp thrived as a crop in Kentucky generations ago but has been banned for decades. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes hemp could be an important crop for Kentucky farmers again.