Kentucky Hemp Business & Legal News

McConnell calls for removal of industrial hemp from controlled substances list

The Senate’s top Republican says hemp shouldn’t be a controlled substance, and he plans to introduce a new bill to make the change. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell made the announcement about the proposed change to federal hemp law Monday in his home state of Kentucky. “It’s now time to take the final step and make […]

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CBD manufacturing facility under construction in Kentucky

A Chinese hemp company and a California-based CBD company are building a new plant to manufacture CBD isolate in western Kentucky. The plant from HMI Group of Beijing and Kings Royal Biotech of Capistrano Beach, California, is expected to employ more than 100 people on nine acres in Bardwell, near the Mississippi River and just […]

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Hemp State Highlight: Kentucky invests in hemp but wonders if peak has passed

Kentucky checks all the boxes for nourishing a hemp revival.

Climate suited to the plant? Check. Friendly regulations from a state willing to experiment and invest in hemp? Check.
Lots of cheap land and a processing infrastructure that includes in-state decortication and CBD extractors? Check and check.
So why do some agronomists fear that Kentucky has reached its hemp zenith?

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Industrial hemp facility planned for Kentucky

A company founded by Canadian investors is planning to launch a hemp-product development and manufacturing center in Kentucky. According to Lexington TV station LEX 18, AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs in Bourbon County with a $5 million investment into the project. Here’s what you need to know: The 50,000-square-foot facility would be built on […]

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‘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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