The Food and Drug Administration is holding its first public hearing on CBD, the cannabis extract that has quickly grown into a billion-dollar industry. Today's hearing will help officials determine how to regulate CBD products.

The compound can be extracted from marijuana or from hemp. It's promoted as a way to ease anxiety and inflammation – and it doesn't get people high because it doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

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Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says a legal opinion from the USDA provides much needed certainty for the hemp industry. 

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Murray State officials on Wednesday ceremonially introduced five foundational partners that have made major contributions to the new Hutson School of Agriculture Center for Agricultural Hemp.  

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Kentucky Congressman James Comer offered up his usual ‘Washington Update’ at a Chamber breakfast in Murray on Wednesday. He touched on a number of topics, ranging from tax cuts and border security to hemp regulations and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Afterwards, he spoke with WKMS News about his recent comments about Gov. Matt Bevin, the pension relief veto and more on the topics discussed during his presentation.

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  Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story -- a story of a family’s struggle.


As hemp enters a new era as a legal agricultural commodity, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he's willing to offer follow-up legislation to resolve any "glitches" stemming from mistaken identity between the crop and its lookalike, illicit cousin.

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  Union City City Council approved Tuesday night the sale of land at the Northwest Tennessee Industrial Park for $3.75 million dollars to build a hemp processing facility. City and county officials say the new company plans to invest $150 million into the 1-million-square-feet site and hire between 120 and 150 full-time employees.


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  A United States Department of Agriculture report released Friday predicts the number of tobacco acres harvested in Kentucky will decrease 15%, compared to last year, to 58,000 acres - a new all-time low.

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A Maryland-based HempWood company is locating its manufacturing plant in Murray, creating 25 full-time jobs. Governor Matt Bevin's office announced on Tuesday Finbonacci LLC's $5.8 million dollar investment in Calloway County.

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Sales of Kentucky hemp products were up big in 2018, even before the federal government legalized the crop in last year’s farm bill.