Kentucky Department of Agriculture to begin writing regulations for hemp production


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission has asked the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to notify the federal government that the state is moving forward with plans to write regulations for industrial hemp production.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's office says the commission called for a letter from Comer and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to the U.S. Department of Justice letting the DOJ know of Kentucky's intentions. Paul's office has said the senator is willing to sign such a letter.

“Hemp is legal in Kentucky, and the federal government has signaled that it does not view industrial hemp as an illegal substance and it will not prosecute hemp farmers,” Comer said. “Surely…no entity will seek to throw up a government obstacle to moving forward with another opportunity for Kentucky farmers and for manufacturing jobs.”

Comer adds that the Department of Agriculture receives requests "on a daily basis" from businesses that want to relocate to Kentucky and begin processing hemp.