Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is in Washington D.C. this week with a bi-partisan contingent in the name of industrial hemp.
Comer says the group has a busy schedule, meeting with several agencies and influential people.
The group hopes to change some hearts and minds of those who may be opposed to releasing federal restrictions on growing industrial hemp. The issue became important in Kentucky after the General Assembly passed a law this year setting up parameters for growing industrial hemp, should it ever become legal nationally. The bill drew bi-partisan support and Comer says that support continues.
Comer says he's already been contacted by firms that make products with hemp who are hopeful Kentucky farmers will one day be allowed to grow the crop for the fiber.
Some law enforcement agencies oppose industrial hemp because the plant is related to marijuana, though it lacks a high dosage of the ingredient HTC in marijuana hat gives users a “high.”