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Sun February 10, 2013
All Politics are Local

Legalizing Hemp Poses Complex Issues

As Kentucky lawmakers consider whether to legalize the growing of hemp, they're hearing arguments from both sides of the issue. The nightmare hemp scenario for Kentucky State Police apparently is a field legally licensed to grow hemp for grain with illegally planted marijuana mingled in. Unlike hemp grown for fiber (when the plants are inches apart to promote tall stalk growth), the hemp grown for grain and marijuana plants would look substantially the same, said Jeremy Triplett, supervisor of the state police forensic lab.