Kentucky Likely Won't Lead Nation On Hemp

KENTUCKY: Hopes of Kentucky being among the first states to plant a commercial hemp crop are waning, as officials here await more federal guidance on its legality even as other states — such as Colorado and Oregon — push ahead with plans for a crop next year.

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.

While hemp and marijuana are classified the same by the federal government, hemp is of no use to someone trying to get high.

Comer hasn’t ruled out settling the federal question in time for a 2014 hemp crop in Kentucky, but he concedes it’s increasingly unlikely.

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