There are several issues that separate 3rd District State Senate candidate Whitney Westerfield from incumbent Senator Joey Pendleton, but whether or not to legalize the growing of industrial hemp is no longer one of them.
Westerfield, a Republican, says he has dealt with his concerns as a former prosecutor about hemp’s often misconceived perception of being the same as marijuana and believes it would be best to give Kentucky farmers the new option.
Westerfield says he has met with farmers across Christian, Todd and Logan Counties and hasn’t seen a groundswell of support for hemp, but he has talked to some who are interested. He says hemp is not the one and only solution to help farmers, but it is one option he supports.
Westerfield says he supports the hemp legislation as offered by Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer, who joined U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Senator Pendleton at the State Fair Thursday morning for a news conference in support of legalizing hemp farming.