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Kentucky Industrial Hemp Legislation

Kentucky State Legislature

2012
HB 286
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of 150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform; amend KRS 260.857 to make the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture the chair of the commission; amend KRS 260.859 to conform.
Introduced in House 1/19/2012; to Agriculture & Small Business (H) 1/20/2012.
Download the text of HB 286 here (PDF file 124k).

HB 272
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform.
Introduced in House 1/18/2012; to Agriculture & Small Business (H) 1/20/2012.
Download the text of HB 272 here (PDF file 120k).

SB 41
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of 150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform.
Introduced in Senate; to Agriculture (S) 1/3/2012.
Download the text of SB 41 here (PDF file 120k).

SR 51
A resolution to Adjourn in loving memory and honor of Louis Gatewood Galbraith. Introduced on 1/6/2012. Adopted by voice vote on 1/11/2012.
Download the text of SR 51 here (PDF file 72k).

2011
SB 30
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department”, “industrial hemp”, and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s) on 11/17/10) Introduced in Senate; to Agriculture (S) 1/4/2011.
Download the text of SB 30 here (PDF file 80k).

2010
SB 14
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law. (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).) To: Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture 11/4/09. Introduced in Senate 1/5/10. Referred to Senate Agriculture committee 1/6/10.
Download the text of SB 14 here (PDF file 88k).

2009
SB 131
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law. Introduced in Senate 2/12/09. Referred to Senate Agriculture Committee 2/23/09.
Download the text of SB 131 here (PDF file 88k).

2001
HB 100
Passed into law and signed by Gov. Patton.
Download the text of HB 100 here (PDF file 13k).

2000
HB 855
Legislative session ended with no action.
Download the text of HB 855 here (PDF file 9k).

HJR 121
Died in Senate.
Download the text of HJR 121 here (PDF file 4k).


Quick Links Concerning Industrial Hemp in Kentucky

Kentucky Revised Statutes:

Main Index

Statute Search

Kentucky Department of Agriculture:

Home Page


Kentucky Reports & Studies

Industrial Hemp
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
October, 2009, 3 pages
(PDF file 348k)

Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky
By Dr. Eric C. Thompson, Dr. Mark C. Berger & Steven N. Allen
Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky
July, 1998, 75 pages
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky – HTML version
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky – Acrobat version (PDF file 643k)

Hemp Support: The European Union Experience (Draft)
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
May, 2001, 11 pages
(PDF file 224k)

Industrial Hemp: Legislative Briefing
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
January, 2001, 3 pages
(PDF file 29k)

Industrial Hemp: Global Operations, Local Implications
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
July, 1998, 31 pages
(PDF file 262k)

Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky
By Dr. Eric C. Thompson, Dr. Mark C. Berger & Steven N. Allen
Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky
July, 1998, 75 pages
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky – HTML version
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky – Acrobat version (PDF file 643k)

Industrial Hemp: Global Markets and Prices
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
January, 1997, 34 pages
(PDF file 301k)


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