Comer Advocates for Industrial Hemp

New Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has made industrial hemp his first legislative priority. Comer, a Republican, has enlisted the help of two Democratic representatives and one Democratic senator to file a bill to legalize the crop in each chamber. A former state representative himself, Comer says many myths about industrial hemp are starting to fade, and […]

Comer Hopes to Become Head of Latent Hemp Commission

Newly sworn-in Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is supporting a legislative package that pushes industrial hemp farming. Under a law that took effect a decade ago, researchers can grow hemp for scientific reasons. But Comer says that’s no longer necessary, and new legislation needs to be passed. “What that bill did was allow, gave permission […]

Comer Supports Aggressive Approach to Legalizing Industrial Hemp

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner-elect James Comer is planning to support legislation to allow industrial hemp farming. The bill has been pre-filed in the General Assembly to legalize the controversial practice. Comer supports the measure and says he will make it part of his legislative package once he takes office next week. But a federal waiver would […]

Indiana Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Marijuana Laws

An Indiana legislative committee heard testimony today as lawmakers begin studying whether to revise the state’s marijuana laws. Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Steve Dillon told the panel that punishments for possessing a small amount of pot are too severe, don’t deter people from using it and are costing the justice system tens of millions of […]

Indiana Panel To Study State Marijuana Laws

A newly formed committee of Indiana lawmakers will soon begin a study of the state’s marijuana laws and whether they should be amended. The study panel was created this year by the Indiana General Assembly and is looking at ways to ease jail overcrowding. State Senator Karen Tallian has been a vocal critic of the […]