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Gatewood Galbraith kentucky industrial hempKentucky Senate, House Passed Bill To Legalize Industrial Hemp

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes in hemp’s power to pull his state out of financial distress; so do the state’s voters. Now it’s up to Governor Steve Beshear to finish the job and sign the bill that would make industrial hemp legal.

SB 50 would enable the state to act quickly to issue licenses and begin commmercial production of the multi-purpose plant once federal bans on hemp are lifted. The Kentucky legislature passed the bills in the last few minutes of Tuesday’s General Assembly. The numbers were staggeringly supportive: 35 – 1 in the Senate and 88 – 4 in the House.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged his support for the Bill in January. Outspoken Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was quick to issue a press statement. Early Wednesday morning he had this to say about the issue of industrial hemp in his home state:

“I commend the Kentucky General Assembly for final passage of Senate Bill 50. I want to thank Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Paul Hornback and the members of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission for their leadership and hard work in passing this legislation.”

“Senate Bill 50 is an important step forward in the reintroduction of industrial hemp in Kentucky. I have pledged, along with Rep. John Yarmuth, to seek a waiver when a regulatory framework is in place. I will follow through on that pledge and I hope that Kentucky will soon start growing hemp, creating jobs and leading the nation in this industry again.”

Paul delivered a speech to the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this year while wearing a Canadian-bought hemp shirt; afterward, the Committee unanimously approved SB 50 for a full Senate vote. The Hemp Industries Association reports the value of the US market in imported hemp products was $452 million in 2011.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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  1. If you want a house that can last up to 500 or more years.Build a house made with hemp.You want rope that will hold up.Use a hemp rope.Stop growing corn for gas-a-haul and use hemp.You want better air quality.Grow hemp.You want to get all your omegas.Use hemp oil.Do you think milk might give you breast,prostrate and colon cancer.Drink hemp seed milk.Hemp added to the plastics in car manufacturing makes autos much stronger.Clothing made with hemp fibers is stronger.I don’t think pesticides are needed when growing hemp.Hemp is much better for the environment.You’d think Obama would like this feature wouldn’t you.

  2. “SB 50 would enable the state to act quickly to issue licenses and begin commmercial production of the multi-purpose plant once federal bans on hemp are lifted”

    Did I read that correctly? “once federal bans are lifted” ? So if federal bans are not lifted SB 50 does what? Aren’t federal bans the only thing keeping us from growing hemp? What kind of legislation is that?

    Does SB 50 lift the federal ban on growing industrial hemp?