Adkins said Monday that he's optimistic a deal can be struck before the Legislature adjourns on Tuesday.
The hemp legislation has been hotly debated this year in
and was languishing in the House before Adkins stepped in with a proposal that seemed to revive it. Frankfort
Hemp thrived as a crop in
generations ago but has been banned for decades by the federal government after it was classified as a controlled substance. Kentucky
Under Adkins' proposal, the Kentucky State Police would be the agency designated to issue licenses to hemp growers.