Industrial Hemp http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Says DEA Will Issue Permit for Hemp Seeds, Avoiding Court Action http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-agriculture-commissioner-says-dea-will-issue-permit-hemp-seeds-avoiding-court-action <p><strong>Update: </strong>Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has told <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/13/3240548/if-hemp-seeds-are-not-released.html">the Herald-Leader that the Drug Enforcement Administration will release the hemp seeds.</a> Comer expects a permit to be issued for the release of the seeds by the end of the week, the Lexington newspaper reported.</p><p><strong>Earlier:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to federal court to force the release of 250 pounds of hemp seeds.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:14:42 +0000 Lisa Autry | Kentucky Public Radio 9335 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Says DEA Will Issue Permit for Hemp Seeds, Avoiding Court Action Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill http://wfpl.org/post/agriculture-commissioner-james-comer-praises-hemp-provision-federal-farm-bill <p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is praising a provision in the U.S. farm bill that would allow <a href="/term/industrial-hemp">hemp cultivation </a>at state universities.</p><p>Language in the federal legislation would permit state-level hemp growth if they've passed legislation allowing it on the state level. Kentucky passed such legislation last year.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was integral in getting the language in the bill, Comer says.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8393 at http://wfpl.org Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Praises Hemp Provision in Federal Farm Bill Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-jack-conway-industrial-hemp-still-illegal-kentucky <p>Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.</p><p>Conway issued an advisory letter Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.</p><p>The opinion from Conway does not carry the force of law.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers have <a href="/post/amended-hemp-bill-passes-kentucky-legislature-comer-ok-result">passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop</a> if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:48:32 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 6976 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-james-comer-notify-justice-department-hemp-permits-may-start-kentucky <p>Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer are playing a game of chicken with the federal government over the growing of industrial hemp in the state.</p><p>Encouraged by the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, Comer and Paul plan to draft a letter to U.S. Department of Justice indicating that Kentucky will proceed with adopting regulations and issuing permits for farmers to begin planting the controversial crop as early as next February, unless they are told otherwise.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:14:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6816 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul, James Comer to Notify Justice Department That Hemp Permits May Start in Kentucky James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. http://wfpl.org/post/james-comer-thomas-massie-lobby-hemp-washington-dc <p>Two Kentucky elected officials made the case for industrial hemp Tuesday at a briefing in Washington, D.C., in an effort to lobby Congress to legalize the plant for commercial production.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:02:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6793 at http://wfpl.org James Comer, Thomas Massie Lobby for Hemp in Washington, D.C. Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-business-interest-kentucky-industrial-hemp-stronger-study-suggests <p>Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the economic case for industrial&nbsp;hemp remains strong, despite a new study that paints a mixed picture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James Comer says he still has high hopes for the crop, following the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">release of the University of Kentucky study that says the legalization&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of hemp wouldn't immediately produce the thousands of jobs some supporters</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have predicted.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:53:18 +0000 Kevin Willis|Kentucky Public Radio 6612 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests Congressman Thomas Massie's Hemp Amendment Passes House (and Then the Farm Bill Fails) http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-thomas-massies-hemp-amendment-passes-house-and-then-farm-bill-fails <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The House just made Massie's amendment a moot point by <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/20/house-to-vote-on-cuts-to-crop-insurance/">rejecting the farm bill </a>in a 234-195 bipartisan vote.</p><p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Colleges and universities would be allowed to grow hemp for academic research under an <a href="http://massie.house.gov/sites/massie.house.gov/files/documents/amdt37.pdf">amendment to the farm bill</a> approved by a bipartisan vote in the House on Thursday.</p><p>The proposal was introduced by Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie along with Democrats Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado, and passed by a 225-to-200 vote. It applies only to states that have authorized the crops cultivation.</p><p>A majority of Kentucky’s congressional representatives have been vocal supporters for easing federal restrictions on hemp, which is illegal to grow in the U.S. due to its genetic relation to marijuana. Opponents against the language argued the amendment will hamper law enforcement efforts because the crop is difficult to distinguish between its cannabis cousin.</p><p>But Massie says hemp is not marijuana, adding the amendment will help move the research forward to one day allow farmers to grow the crop legally.</p><p>"People think it’s about drugs but when they get done laughing about the word hemp and realize industrial hemp is not marijuana they realize it’s a jobs bill and an opportunity for Kentucky farmers," he says. "What this amendment does is it carves out a very small exception for universities to do research without running afoul of the drug laws. And I hope it’s a precursor to allowing all of the farmers in Kentucky to grow industrial hemp."</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:30:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5853 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Thomas Massie's Hemp Amendment Passes House (and Then the Farm Bill Fails) Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-asks-feds-look-economic-benefits-hemp <p>Gov. Steve Beshear is asking federal officials to look into whether industrial hemp could be grown in Kentucky without hindering drug eradication efforts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that lays the groundwork for hemp farming if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were to lift restrictions on the crop.</span></p><p>Beshear allowed the bill to become law without his signature, saying he shared concerns raised by law enforcement about how industrial hemp could be used to hide an illegal marijuana crop. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:39:16 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5734 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision http://wfpl.org/post/comer-hopeful-federal-farm-bill-will-include-hemp-provision <p></p><p>Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent legislative setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hopes of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate.</p><p>Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:49:59 +0000 Kevin Willis | Kentucky Public Radio 5484 at http://wfpl.org Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision McConnell Looking at 'All the Options' to Legalize Hemp Production in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-looking-all-options-legalize-hemp-production-kentucky <p></p><p>Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he plans to do his part to help the commonwealth’s farmers eventually grow industrial hemp.</p><p>Republican Leader&nbsp;Mitch McConnell says he and fellow Senator Rand Paul met with state Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer last week as Comer toured Washington to drum-up for support for legalizing the crop.</p><p>McConnell declined to gauge the possible success of comer’s lobbying efforts…</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:05:17 +0000 Chuck Mraz | Kentucky Public Radio 5404 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Looking at 'All the Options' to Legalize Hemp Production in Kentucky