Hemp in the news in Kentucky – a minimum of five pilot projects will be launched to test the versatility of hemp as a crop. The Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, stated that this year hemp will be grown in Kentucky for the first time since World War II.
This reintroduction of hemp will reach all across the state of Kentucky, with various research projects. The University of Kentucky will study the basic production of hemp – the most productive seeds, the best planting and harvesting times, and the crop’s potential medical benefits. Eastern Kentucky University plans to study hemp as an alternative energy source. Murray State University and Kentucky State University will also be conducting research.
Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, who was a key player in hemp’s reintroduction, says he hopes these pilot projects with prove that hemp has a future.
James Comer is working together with the Democratic state Attorney General, Jack Conway, to request a federal waiver from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that will increase hemp production for commercial use.
Both Comer and Conway are giving serious thought to running for governor next year.
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