Thursday, January 31, 2013 7:41 pm
McConnell says hemp would help Kentucky economy
By BRUCE SCHREINERAssociated Press
Hemp supporters trumpeted the timely thumbs-up Thursday from the state's most powerful Republican. It comes amid a lobbying campaign by both hemp backers and detractors before state lawmakers resume their regular 2013 session next week.
In a statement, McConnell said if hemp represents a new opportunity to create jobs, "that sounds like a good thing to me."
The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to review legislation Feb. 11 to strictly regulate industrial hemp production if the federal government lifts its decades-long ban on the crop.