Hemp Commission http://wfpl.org en 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. Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-hemp-supporters-blast-amendment-calling-further-study <p>Kentucky's industrial hemp supporters lashed out Thursday against a last-minute amendment to the hemp bill that's been under consideration this year in the&nbsp;General Assembly.</p><p>State Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat and the majority floor leader, has proposed an amendment turning the Senate-approve hemp bill into a five year study. It also gives the licensing responsibilities to Kentucky State Police, which argues that legalized hemp would harm law enforcement efforts to target hemp's cousin, marijuana.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:14:49 +0000 Kenny Colston 4598 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study Hemp Commission Will Work on Proposal, Economic Impact Study http://wfpl.org/post/hemp-commission-will-work-proposal-economic-impact-study <p>The second meeting of the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission will soon begin sorting through the details of its efforts to bring legalized hemp to Kentucky.</p><p>The commission will work on the details of a new legislative bill proposal, such what the bill will include and which legisators will sponsor it during the 2013 session, said the chairman, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.</p><p>Comer says another detail will be to pick a state university to commission a new economic study of legalizing industrial hemp in Kentucky.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:43:33 +0000 Kenny Colston 2845 at http://wfpl.org Hemp Commission Will Work on Proposal, Economic Impact Study Comer: Marijuana Votes in Other States Bolster Kentucky Hemp Efforts http://wfpl.org/post/comer-marijuana-votes-other-states-bolster-kentucky-hemp-efforts <p></p><p>The push for hemp in Kentucky is getting a bump from other states' efforts to legalize the plant's unsavory cousin, a Kentucky official said.</p><p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2534 at http://wfpl.org Comer: Marijuana Votes in Other States Bolster Kentucky Hemp Efforts Hemp Commission Will Craft New Bill; Comer Confident It Will Pass in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/hemp-commission-will-craft-new-bill-comer-confident-it-will-pass-2013 <p>State Agriculture Commission James Comer -- a leading advocate for industrial hemp in&nbsp;</p><p>Kentucky -- said growing support will help their initiative in the next legislative session.</p><p>The Industrial Hemp Commission, for which Comer is chairman, held its first meeting in a decade on Wednesday.</p><p>The commission will work for the next few weeks on crafting -- and the commission will then lobby Kentucky lawmakers to pass it. Comer, who has helped lobby for previous industrial hemp bills, said the commission's proposals will differ from past bills.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:45:55 +0000 Kenny Colston 2509 at http://wfpl.org Hemp Commission Will Craft New Bill; Comer Confident It Will Pass in 2013 Kentucky Hemp Commission Meets Today for First Time in a Decade http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-hemp-commission-meets-today-first-time-decade <p>For the first time in a decade, Kentucky’s industrial hemp commission will meet Wednesday.</p><p>The commission <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/long-dormant-kentucky-hemp-commission-will-be-revived">has been revived under Agriculture Commissioner James Comer</a>, with support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green.</p><p>They argue that industrial hemp can create jobs for Kentucky farmers, many of whom have not recovered since the tobacco buyouts years ago.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2493 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Hemp Commission Meets Today for First Time in a Decade