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Industrialized hemp farming another step closer to being legal in KY

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KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

The Commonwealth is another step closer to legalizing industrial hemp farming.

The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee approved the proposal that could open the door to a new cash crop in Kentucky.

Hemp is used in the production of wax, rope, cloth, and fuel. Legal hemp industries already exist in Canada.

Critics argue with the leaves looking alike, growers could easily camouflage marijuana as hemp.

"I don't know what to think about it just yet really. I think it could be a good thing. Any new alternative crop can help Kentucky farmers. It does open the gateway to illegal activity because it's so closely related to marijuana," said Shawn Brumfield, the county president of the Farm Bureau Federation.

If the bill passes, the federal government would still need to take hemp off the banned controlled substances list.

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