Kentucky Lawmakers Inquire Into DEA's Policy On Hemp

Nov 27, 2013

Kentucky officials are again approaching the United States Drug Enforcement Administration about growing industrial hemp in the state. 

This time, they’ve sent a letter to the DEA asking for a clarification on its position on industrial hemp. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, US Senator Rand Paul and Representatives John Yarmouth and Thomas Massie want the agency to specifically address whether growing hemp remains illegal in states like Kentucky that have enacted a framework for licensing and regulating the crop. 

State Industrial Hemp Commission Chairman Brian Furnish joined in the request.

The federal government has said it will respect laws in other states that have legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana, and Comer said he believes industrial hemp should be treated the same way.