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Kentucky candidates support industrial hemp waiver

Industry News | June 13, 2011 | By:

During World War II, Kentucky grew industrial hemp for fabrics, ropes and military materials. Two Republican candidates for agriculture commissioner in Kentucky, James Comer and Rob Rothenburger, support re-establishing a hemp industry, despite widespread public concern that legally grown hemp will boost the cultivation and use of its close cousin, marijuana. Hemp contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, the mind-altering component of marijuana, and cannot be grown legally in the U.S. Comer considers hemp a viable alternative crop “if the federal government would provide Kentucky with a waiver and let a few farmers do a trial run on it.” The two candidates and a crowded field of Democratic candidates debated this issue (and many others) in May 2011.


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