Gov. Beshear allows Kentucky hemp bill to become law
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will allow Senate Bill 50, also known as the hemp bill, to become law.
The bill opens the door for industrial hemp production in Kentucky if the federal government ever lifts restrictions on the crop.
Beshear did not sign the bill, however, opting instead for the bill to become law without his signature.
The governor's full statement is below:
“I strongly support efforts to create additional legal cash crops for our farm communities. At the same time, we have a tremendous drug problem in Kentucky, and I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that will increase that drug problem. I still share the same concerns our law enforcement officers have about the impact hemp cultivation may have on our drug eradication efforts.
The bottom line is that Senate Bill 50 won’t allow industrial hemp to be grown or sold unless and until the federal government takes the very big step of legalizing the crop in some way. If that happens, we will have time to work with the legislature and law enforcement to make any further changes necessary to ensure the public’s safety and alleviate those concerns.
Therefore, I am allowing SB50 to become law without my signature.”