Attorney General Jack Conway advises that growing hemp remains violation of federal law
Attorney General Jack Conway
is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial
hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.
Conway issued an advisory letter on Wednesday
to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to
clarify current law related to hemp. The letter deflates hopes of hemp farming
proponents who have said they'd like to begin planting next year.
lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop if
the federal government ever lifts a longstanding ban. Conway said that ban remains firmly in place.
Hemp once thrived in Kentucky
but hasn't been produced here since the federal government classified it as a
controlled substance decades ago.
Comer insists the crop could be an economic boon for Kentucky.