Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 5, 2013

Hemp legislation to become law

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT —

Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will get their hemp bill, but without Gov. Steve Beshear’s endorsement.

Beshear said Friday he won’t veto the bill, allowing it to become law, but he won’t sign it either.

“I strongly support efforts to create legal cash crops for our farmers,” Beshear said. “At the same time, we have a tremendous drug problem in Kentucky, and I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that will increase that drug problem.”

He said Senate Bill 50 “won’t allow industrial hemp to be grown or sold unless and until the federal government takes the very big step of legalizing the crop in some way.”

If that happens, Beshear said, there will be time for the legislature to “make any further changes necessary to ensure the public safety and alleviate (law enforcement concerns).”

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