Kentucky State Senator Plans to Introduce Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

by Rose Krzton-Presson, Kentucky Public Radio

 

When Kentucky’s General Assembly reconvenes in January, one of the measures up for consideration is an industrial hemp bill sponsored by Senator Joey Pendleton.

The Christian County Democrat says if Kentucky were to legalize the growth of industrial hemp, it would create over 17,000 jobs and add up to $500 million dollars to the state budget.

“85% of the industrial hemp raised in Canada is exported to the U.S. and a lot of it is
exported into Kentucky,” Pendleton said. “It’ll be good for our agricultural community. It’ll be good for our economy and bringing more revenue to the Commonwealth.”

In addition to providing another crop to the agricultural industry, he says industrial hemp will provide a number of manufacturing opportunities.

“There’s a great opportunity in the clothing business and cosmetics and suntan lotions and stuff,” Pendleton said. “The best you’ll see is always said to be made from hemp products.”

 

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