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Kentucky Industrial Hemp Legislation

Kentucky State Legislature

2014
SB 208
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Amend KRS 260.857 to remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Speaker's designee, the President of the Senate or the President's designee, the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the chair of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee from the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission.
Introduced in Senate 3/6/2014.
Download the text of SB 208 here (PDF file 78k).

2013
SB 50
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define "Commissioner," "department," "grower," "industrial hemp," and "tetrahydrocannabinol"; establish conditions and procedures for the licensing of industrial hemp growers by the Department of Agriculture; require the department to coordinate a criminal history check with the assistance of law enforcement agencies; establish a license duration period; require the department to set the cost of the license by administrative regulation; require the department to forward a copy of an industrial hemp grower license to law enforcement agencies; specify stipulations for growers having an industrial hemp grower license; clarify that the Act does not authorize a person to violate federal law; require periodic reports to the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission; establish circumstances under which a license may be withdrawn; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform; amend KRS 260.853 to clarify the scope of industrial hemp research; amend KRS 260.857 to allow for additional members of the Industrial Hemp Commission and designate the commissioner as the commission chair; amend KRS 260.859 to conform.
Introduced in Senate on 1/11/2013.
Reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute on 2/11/2013.
2nd reading, to Rules on 2/12/2013.
3rd reading, passed 31-6 with Committee Substitute on 2/14/2013.
Received in House on 2/15/2013.
To Agriculture and Small Business (H) on 2/19/2013.
Committee reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar on 3/6/2013.
2nd reading, to Rules on 3/7/2013.
Floor amendments (1) and (2) filed on 3/11/2013.
Floor amendment (3) filed on 3/12/2013.
Floor amendment (4) filed on 3/26/2013.
Taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 88-4 with floor amendment (4) ; received in Senate; posted for passage for concurrence in House floor amendment (4) ; Senate concurred in House floor amendment (4) ; passed 35-1; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor on 3/26/2013. SB 50 was allowed to become law on 4/5/2013 by Governor Beshear by not signing or vetoing the bill.
Download the text of SB 50 as introduced here (PDF file 172k)
Download the text of Committee Substitute Amendment to SB 50 here (PDF file 180k).
Download the text of Floor Amendment (1) to SB 50 here Rep. Richard Henderson (PDF file 66k).
Download the text of Floor Amendment (2) to SB 50 here Rep. Richard Henderson (PDF file 66k).
Download the text of Floor Amendment (3) to SB 50 here Rep. Rocky Adkins (PDF file 393k).
Download the text of Floor Amendment (4) to SB 50 here Rep. Rocky Adkins (PDF file 456k).

HB 33
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp and making an appropriation therefor. 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 $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, 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 1/8/2013; to Agriculture & Small Business (H) 1/8/2013.
Download the text of HB 33 here (PDF file 156k).

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

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Kentucky Reports & Studies

Economic Considerations for Growing Industrial Hemp: Implications for Kentucky's Farmers and Agricultural Economy
Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Kentucky
July, 2013, 25 pages
(PDF file 418k)

Industrial Hemp Production
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
January, 2013, 4 pages
(PDF file 332k)

Industrial Hemp – Legal Issues
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
September, 2012, 3 pages
(PDF file 459k)

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)

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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