Ky farmers hail hemp day after legalization put in farm bill

Kentucky is again king of hemp, according to officials who spoke at the first Kentucky Hemp Days event on Saturday.

Held in Cynthiana, the festival will be an annual celebration of the crop’s revival, which began after Kentucky lawmakers cleared a path for legal cultivation beginning with the General Assembly in 2013 and in Congress in 2014.

On Saturday, as a crowd turned out to hear the latest developments a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., inserted language in the federal farm bill that will remove hemp from the controlled substance list, distancing it from marijuana.

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Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Kentucky leads the nation in hemp production and “it’s time to legalize the crop,” which could happen if the farm bill passes with language U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell inserted yesterday.

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“Industrial hemp gives Kentucky the opportunity to be first in something,” said Ryan Quarles,…

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