The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission received a $100,000 check during its initial meeting today in Frankfort.
CEO of Dr, Bronner’s Magic Soaps, David Bronner and U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s political action committee each committed $50,000 to the operation of the commission, which convened for the first time in 10 years.
During the meeting, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer was unanimously elected chairman.
Commissioner Comer stated that this is an exciting time to be a part of agriculture. This is an important issue, and hopefully this will make a difference that will affect future farmers for years to come.”
In August, Senator Paul joined Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders to introduce a bill that would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp in the U.S.
If the federal hemp legislation is passed, Commissioner Comer added that he believed there would be a mad dash from the states to be the first to get on board.
Under existing federal law, hemp production in the United States is only allowed for.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission plans to meet before the 2013 legislative session to finalize legislation that will be filed in the General Assembly.