Industrial hemp continues to be a topic of discussion in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission recently voted to support Senate Bill 50, which would establish a framework if and when the federal government decides to re-introduce industrial hemp into the commonwealth’s agri-economy.
At the meeting, several guests spoke in favor of the proposed bill, including Mike Lewis, a veteran and a small-scale farmer from Berea.
Lewis was quoted as saying many veterans are interested in small-scale farming, and the possibilities for industrial hemp give us some hope for good jobs — the kind of jobs our veterans deserve.
Following the meeting, Commissioner Jamie Comer spoke about reports that law enforcement officials in the state were opposed to the proposed bill.
Commissioner Comer stated he visited all 120 Kentucky counties last year and that there is enormous support in Paducah to Pikeville.
Senate bill 50 was introduced by Senator Paul Hornback of Shelbyville.