Hemp Commission Will Work on Proposal, Economic Impact Study

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.

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.

Comer says another detail will be to pick a state university to commission a new economic study of legalizing industrial hemp in Kentucky.

“There are three that have expressed an interest to me in conducting an economic impact study, so we’re going to see which one can do it the quickest that has, I don’t want to say has the most credibility but the one that can do it the quickest that most of the legislators will have the most confidence in,” he said.

Comer declined to mention which universities are under consideration for a study, but noted that Murray State, Western Kentucky, Morehead State and University of Kentucky were all good agriculture schools.

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