The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously voted in favor of a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in the commonwealth.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who's lobbied heavily for the legislation says he's optimistic the State Senate will will pass the bill and send it to the house.
Kentucky State Police oppose the legislation, citing complications it may cause in catching growers of marijuana.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer has publicly criticized the bill.
Before any state legislation can become law, the Federal Government must first differentiate hemp from it's cousin marijuana. Currently all cannabis plants are outlawed by the Federal Government.
Hemp can be used in multiple textile industries including clothes, soap and paper. It can also be used as an alternative energy source.