Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has landed a high-profile supporter for his efforts to legalize hemp in Kentucky. The state’s largest business group, the Kentucky Chamber, has come out in support of industrial hemp for oil and fiber, provided there is a sound regulatory process.
Many of the state’s federal lawmakers support the issue as well, including Congressmen Andy Barr, John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie and Senator Rand Paul.
A bill to legalize hemp was filed in the Kentucky Senate today (Friday) by the agriculture committee chair.
Comer has long argued that hemp could help many farmers, especially those growing tobacco, turn profits. Comer does not support legalizing hemp's cousin crop, marijuana.