By BEN FINLEY
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky law will now allow industrial hemp farming – but only if the federal government ever lifts restrictions on the plant.
Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday said he will let the bill become law without his signature. The governor said he won’t actually sign the legislation out of concerns, shared by some in law enforcement, that marijuana growers could camouflage their illegal crops with hemp plants.
Hemp is similar to marijuana but has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. Hemp can be used to make products including the cosmetics and nutritional supplements sold at stores such as Whole Foods Market. Proponents of hemp farming say it could be a cash crop for U.S. farmers.