Several candidates for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner say they’d like to see more industrial hemp grown in the state, but law enforcement officials disagree with the proposals.
The commonwealth was once a leading producer of hemp, which can be used for paper, textiles and other products. Proponents say it could help bring revenue to Kentucky.
However, Kentucky State Police Lt. David Jude says law enforcement does not support more hemp growth, since the plant is easily confused with its cousin … marijuana.
“There’s just a small difference between the plants, of which I can’t describe that. As far as us enforcing it, it’s going to create issues as to what is a legal plant and what is an illegal plant,” he says.