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State adopts framework for hemp production

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Local legislators say crop may prove viable

By Marty Finley

The Kentucky legislature this week approved regulatory framework to license industrial hemp farming should the federal government relax its prohibitions on production of the crop.

Local lawmakers celebrated the vote Wednesday and said it would place Kentucky on the cutting edge of hemp production with a relaxation in federal laws while law enforcement officials cited concerns about enforcement and a need for officer education to define the differences between hemp and marijuana.


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