Kentucky Senate approves bill to license hemp farmers

By Janet Patton — jpatton1@herald-leader.com

The Kentucky Senate voted 31-6 to pass legislation Thursday that would license farmers to grow industrial hemp, should the federal government legalize the crop.

The proposal advances to the House, where Speaker Greg Stumbo has suggested the issue needs more study to see if potential economic benefits outweigh the concerns of law enforcement officials.

The only Senator who did not vote on the bill was Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester. Afterward, Stivers declined to tell reporters why he did not vote, saying he was in a hurry to get home for Valentine’s Day.

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