It came as a surprise to many lawmakers when the industrial hemp bill passed the state House and Senate Tuesday evening and one former lawmaker couldn’t be happier with the results.
Former Third District State Senator Joey Pendleton was of the loudest voices for industrial hemp legislation during his time in Frankfort and says he believes the passage will send a clear message to Kentucky’s congressional delegation in Washington D.C.
Pendleton says he expects Governor Steve Beshear will sign the bill and he vows to lobby the Governor to do so in the coming days. Ag Commissioner Jamie Comer has said he will meet with Governor Beshear to urge his support of hemp.
State Representative Myron Dossett, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, says it wasn’t clear the hemp bill would get a floor vote until late in the evening and he was pleased with the result.
The bill only sets up regulations for growing of industrial hemp if the federal government were to ever release its restrictions. Supporters say it will be an additional crop for Kentucky farmers that would create jobs and new revenue.