FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Industrial hemp is front and center in Frankfort today. A Senate committee is expected to vote on a measure to regulate hemp production in Kentucky. Senator Paul Hornback says he's confident the bill can clear his committee and the full Senate. Its prospects in the House are less clear. If it passes, a federal waiver would still be needed.
Big names will be speaking out in favor of the bill. Senator Rand Paul, U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie, and former CIA Director James Woolsey are all expected to testify this morning. Ky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will also testify. He's leading the charge, saying hemp could create 1,000 new jobs in Kentucky.
Some law enforcement groups have voiced their opposition. They worry legalizing hemp could lead to more marijuana production and could be a first step toward legalizing marijuana.