Kentucky farmers are one step closer in being able to grow industrial hemp.
In a landslide vote, the Kentucky State Senate passed Senate Bill 50, which is otherwise referred to as the Industrial Hemp bill.
Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer was quoted as saying that he was extremely proud of the state senate for its commitment to job creation in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 50 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday by a unanimous vote with U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and others testifying in support of the legislation.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have signed a federal legislation that would exempt industrial hemp from the definition of a drug and vowed to pursue a waiver from the D-E-A to allow Kentucky to be the first state to grow industrial hemp.