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House Panel Passes Hemp Bill With Uncertain Future

Committee Chairman Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, and others committee members said lawmakers should continue to consider law enforcement concerns as the bill moves forward.

"Secondly, my 'yes' vote is for jobs," McKee said. "This is a jobs bill and is the only jobs bill in this session."

Last week, the committee failed to bring the bill to a vote. McKee had proposed rewriting the legislation. He wanted the bill to allow a university-led study of hemp, which thrived in Kentucky generations ago before the federal government classified it as a controlled substance.

Since last week's committee meeting, hemp supporters ratcheted up political pressure for a committee vote on the bill.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 50.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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