The Industrial Hemp Bill will become Kentucky law, as Governor Steve Beshear has chosen to allow the ten days he has to veto Senate Bill 50 to pass without doing anything.
Governor Beshear says he didn’t sign the bill because of continued concerns presented by law enforcement in Kentucky.
He says he didn’t veto the bill because it doesn’t actually allow Kentucky farmers to grow the crop, it only sets up regulations for when and if the federal government was to ever release its restrictions on hemp.
The legislation passed the House and Senate by wide margins after being proclaimed dead and re-born countless times during this year’s session of the General Assembly. Many of Kentucky’s delegation to Congress are now preparing to push federal officials to release those decades old bans.