A proposal that would legalize hemp farming in Kentucky has cleared a House committee.
The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee approved the bill Wednesday morning. The vote was 24-1.
Representative Tommy Turner, who voted against the bill, said more evidence is needed before a decision can be made. Representatives who voted for the bill said hemp could create jobs, and become a boom for the economy.
"If this is a bad bill, then the legislators can vote against it and we'll go home. But there is overwhelming support among the public and among the legislators to pass this bill. So hopefully we'll get a fair vote next week on the full House," said Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer.
State police and other law enforcement agencies have raised concerns about hemp fields being used to camouflage marijuana, which has identical leaves.