Kentucky Hemp Business & Legal News

‘Dumbfounded’: Kentucky official blasts DEA’s hemp position

Add Kentucky and Colorado agriculture officials to the list of people who disagree with federal drug authorities about hemp. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has written to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requesting a meeting about hemp, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I was dumbfounded” to read about the DEA’s position that hemp-derived CBD oils […]

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Colorado hemp industry moves ahead after seed certification

Colorado’s hemp industry took a major step forward this week when the state’s Department of Agriculture announced that three industrial hempseed varieties passed a statewide trial that confirmed the resulting plants contain THC levels under 0.3%. Being under the 0.3% threshold is important because plants with higher THC levels cannot be certified as hemp under […]

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Kentucky hemp program taking cultivation applications

Want to grow hemp? Kentucky might be a solid bet – especially because it’s among the nation’s largest hemp crops, one that is expanding. The state’s Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from anyone interested in participating in the 2017 hemp-growing pilot program, which will likely result in thousands of acres being planted, if […]

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Hemp farming escalating in KY, downsizing in TN

While hemp production is rapidly expanding in Kentucky, the number of farmers sowing the crop is being cut in half in neighboring Tennessee. In Kentucky, according to the Commonwealth Journal, the state has authorized 4,500 acres to be cultivated with industrial hemp in 2016, up from roughly 900 acres that were planted last year. Kentucky […]

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Kentucky Entrepreneur Vows to Buy All the State’s Hemp

Grow it and he will buy it. John Roulac, the founder and CEO of a major hemp foods company, Nutiva, said he plans to buy all the organic hemp that Kentucky can produce, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. But labeling hemp as organic has been a controversial issue in recent weeks, as the U.S. Department […]

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22 Companies Investing in Kentucky Hemp Industry

Kentucky may just get the industrial revolution it was hoping for from hemp. So far, the state has seen 22 companies throw money into industrial hemp cultivation and processing, fueling hopes that the plant will rejuvenate Kentucky’s lagging agricultural economy. One company, GenCanna, has even pumped $5 million into a 100-acre grow site for industrial hemp and is hoping […]

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Hemp Advocate Rand Paul Announces Candidacy for President

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has announced his candidacy for president, giving hemp growers an ally in the fight for the White House. Paul has voiced his opinion that hemp growth should be legalized in Kentucky because it’s a state’s-rights issue and a matter of economic development. He was a co-sponsor of a January bill […]

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