Kentucky Hemp Farmers Chance Federal Prosecution

“I think it’s irresponsible for anyone to take the Department of Justice’s guidance, their guidance to prosecutors in states that have legalized marijuana, and to take that and contort it that suddenly industrial hemp is now legal in Kentucky,” Conway said. “That’s not the state of the law.”

KENTUCKY: Farmers who plant industrial hemp in Kentucky soil risk prosecution regardless of a U.S. Department of Justice memo on federal marijuana enforcement issued earlier this year, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said Wednesday.

Congressional Research Service Declares Hemp Economically Viable

Two state lawmakers from the Southern Tier sponsored bills to get trial plantings started: Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, and Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Elmira.

“We are on the frontier of a major new industrial crop, and that’s why I’ve been pushing New York to get out in front of it,” Lupardo said.

Federal law was changed in the 2014 national farm-policy bill to allow states to permit hemp research. Lupardo and O’Mara sponsored bills in New York to do just that. The measure was adopted with near-unanimous support, but rules governing the experiments were not adopted in time for the 2015 growing season.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Industrial hemp could be an “economically viable alternative crop” for United States farmers, according to a white paper published by the Congressional Research Service this summer. The CRS is the nonpartisan research arm of the United States Congress.

Legalize It: Will We See a Hemp Farm Bill?

David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic soaps, stands in a cage holding hemp during a hemp protest, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Washington.

TENNESSEE: As stupid as it is that marijuana is illegal — and that’s pretty damn stupid — it’s even stupider that hemp is illegal. Did we make Sterno illegal just because people drank it? No. So why make hemp illegal just because people will smoke it?

Could Kentucky Hemp Crops Be Lucrative?

While the U.S. Justice Department has indicated it won't challenge marijuana legalization laws, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said last week that he wants to make sure that means the federal government won't attempt to prosecute farmers here who grow hemp.

KENTUCKY: A new University of Kentucky study on the economic feasibility of hemp says the currently illegal crop could be a profitable option for farmers in areas like Central Kentucky, but not everywhere. And production isn’t likely to immediately result in the thousands of new jobs predicted by supporters of a new state law to Read the full article…

Editorial: Hemp Gaining Acceptance

Kentucky's first hemp crop takes root.

Though the Farm Bill, which included the hemp amendment, did not pass the House this past week, however it did bring to light that more and more politicians and decision makers are stepping into the green and opening their minds to the possibility that growing hemp on American soil will be a reality bestowed by the Federal Read the full article…

Hemp flag to fly high over Capitol building July 4th

In a screenshot from the farm bill debate Rep. Jared Polis holds the hemp flag.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The flag flying over the Capitol building on the Fourth of July might look like your typical Old Glory. But you probably won’t notice the fibers that make it special. It’s believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana’s less-recreational cousin back Read the full article…