Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 11, 2013

Hemp receives unanimous approval

(Continued)

Feb. 11, 2013 —

Hornback said he believes he can “work with law enforcement” to address their concerns.

Sudkamp disputed Comer’s estimate that the Agriculture Department could conduct the tests for only $20 each. Brewer also questioned the reliability of claims of a ready market for hemp by its advocates.

Westerfield, a freshman who defeated hemp advocate Joey Pendleton in the fall election and a former prosecutor, said not a single farmer had spoken to him about replacing higher price yield crops like corn with hemp and he has received conflicting information about the potency of hemp.

He said he’s “had my doubts” but after Monday’s testimony he said he was voting to pass the bill from committee though he was reserving final judgment. Gregory also expressed some reservation but said she would vote yes in order to move the bill out of committee.

Stumbo seemed doubtful about the bill.

“From what we know about the hemp issue at least at this point, it doesn’t appear there’s a market for hemp,” Stumbo said. “

He said the bill will get a “full and fair hearing” in the House Agriculture Committee.

“I would have to be assured,” Stumbo continued, “that the market viability and the benefit to the state would far outweigh the concerns of our law enforcement community.”

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

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