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SB 50 - Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming - Key Vote

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Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (35-1) -
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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (31-6) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the farming and distribution of industrial hemp.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to establish conditions for the growing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “industrial hemp” as all parts and varieties of the plant cannabis sativa cultivated and possessed by a licensed grower that contains a THC concentration within the limits allowed by federal law (Sec. 1).
  • Requires individuals seeking to grow industrial hemp to apply annually to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for a license (Sec. 2).
  • Requires license applicants to undergo a state or national criminal history check and inform the Kentucky Department of Agriculture if they have ever been convicted of felony or misdemeanor (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the Kentucky Department of Agriculture from issuing a license to any applicant with a felony drug conviction within 10 years of applying for the license (Sec. 2).
  • Requires licensed individuals to meet the following conditions, but not limited to (Secs. 2 & 3):
    • Plant a minimum of 10 acres of industrial hemp;
    • Retain hemp production and sales records for at least 3 years;
    • Allow the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and law enforcement personnel to inspect industrial hemp crops at any time throughout production;
    • Provide GPS coordinates and a description of where the hemp will be grown;
    • Inform the Department of Agriculture of any and all sales contracts; and
    • Provide the Department of Agriculture with the names and addresses of any individuals to which industrial hemp is sold or distributed.
  • Requires the Department of Agriculture to monitor registered industrial hemp fields and randomly test industrial hemp for compliance with THC levels (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that if any part of this bill conflicts with federal law, the federal provision takes precedence (Sec. 4).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Industrial Hemp Farming

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