420 Magazine Background

kentucky

  1. Ron Strider

    Hemp Has A Steep Climb Before It Can Overtake Kentucky's Other Top Crops

    A hemp revolution is underway, but the diverse plant is a long way from reigning supreme as Kentucky's top crop. Poultry and eggs still rule the roost – followed by cattle, soybeans and corn, which rake in the most money for state farmers. More than tobacco. And much more than hemp. But...
  2. Ron Strider

    Kentucky Hemp Program Taking Applications For 2018

    Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened applications for Kentuckians looking to grow hemp as part of the state's industrial hemp research pilot program in 2018. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says he wants to expand and strengthen the program to put industrial hemp on a...
  3. Ron Strider

    UK Scientists Outline Hemp Research Needs

    With hemp's reintroduction into the United States as a part of research pilot programs in 2014, scientists need to learn much about the crop to help farmers improve yields to make it sustainable and economically viable. In a recent article published in the journal Trends in Plant Science...
  4. Ron Strider

    Hemp Farmers Face Rocky Road In Diversifying Eastern Kentucky's Economy

    As the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline in central Appalachia, hemp is getting a lot of attention as one way to diversify eastern Kentucky's post-coal economy. But the region's burgeoning hemp industry is also riddled with uncertainty. The lack of land suitable for growing hemp...
  5. Ron Strider

    Kentucky To Host Hemp Industries Association's 24th National Conference

    The 24th Annual Conference of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will be held Sept. 9-11 at the Lexington Convention Center, the Kentucky Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association (KYHIA) announced today. Experts, policy makers, farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs from around the world...
  6. Ron Strider

    Other States Allow Medical Marijuana. Judge Asks Why Kentucky Shouldn't Join Them

    A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that "we've pretty much decriminalized" the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state. Judge...
  7. Ron Strider

    Kentucky Lawmakers Are Leading The Fight To Federally Legalize Hemp

    Decades before cannabis was made illegal in 1937, hemp was a big cash crop for Kentucky. In 1850, the Bluegrass State produced 40,000 tons of the stuff. During World War II, the government paid citizens to grow the plant. Now it's at the center of a bill that would legalize hemp on a federal...
  8. Ron Strider

    Maryland Should Follow Kentucky And Embrace Hemp

    For 80 years, hemp and marijuana were legally bound together. Now, thanks to some enterprising Kentuckians, they are poised to get a divorce. Four congressmen — two Kentucky Republicans, a Virginia Republican, and a Colorado Democrat — have introduced legislation to remove hemp from the federal...
  9. Ron Strider

    Kentucky Republican Proposes Law To Legalize Hemp Farming

    A Kentucky congressman proposed a law this week that would classify hemp as a agricultural crop and legalize the its growth by American farmers. The bill was co-sponsored by two Republicans and one Democrats, meaning it has at lease some bipartisan support and the potential to become a reality...
  10. Ron Strider

    KY: Comer's First Federal Bill Aims To Loosen Hemp Regulations

    Kentucky's First District Congressman, James Comer, is making good on a promise to file legislation to reclassify industrial hemp from a controlled substance to an agriculture crop. Comer filed the Industrial Hemp Farming Act Friday. He says it is his attempt keep the Department of Justice...
  11. Ron Strider

    OH: Ex-Beauty Queen Accused Of Smuggling Weed Into Jail

    A former beauty pageant winner from Kentucky has been accused of smuggling marijuana into an Ohio prison for an inmate. Media outlets report a grand jury in Allen County, Ohio, indicted 28-year-old Kia Hampton of Louisville earlier this month. The third-degree felony charge of bringing...
  12. Ron Strider

    Pot's Erratic Legal Rules - For Some It's Legal; For Kentucky And Others It's Illegal

    On a cool, rainy day, more than 200 people crowd under a tarp in the parking lot of Big Mama’s Restaurant, bidding on bicycles, air rifles and marijuana posters to raise money to support a jailed local legend. They have a lot of work to do, because Cornbread Mafia leader Johnny Boone, captured...
  13. Ron Strider

    Myths And Facts About US Hemp Farming Today

    Commercial hemp production faded, along with its legality, many decades ago in the U.S., but enthusiasts and business people are trying to reinvigorate hemp as a modern-day cash crop in states where recent legislation has OK'd it, like in Kentucky. Things are being learned anew about how to farm...
  14. Ron Strider

    Kentucky Hemp Acres Swell And Louisville Facility Opens To Handle Demand

    In January, Kentucky approved 209 applications from growers to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017. Kentucky has the nation's largest industrial hemp pilot project, and a new processing plant, which uses hemp and other agricultural feedstocks, is...
  15. K

    KY: Half Of State Counties Producing Industrial Hemp As Farm Interest Increases

    There's a growing interest in industrial hemp production across Kentucky, drawing considerable crowd sizes to recent seminars in Christian, Clark and Shelby counties, Ryan Bowman reports The Farmer's Pride. Tom Keene, an agronomy specialist who focuses on hemp and forages for the University...
  16. K

    Hemp Bill Could Triple Kentucky Production

    The Kentucky Senate voted Tuesday to make modifications to the state's growing industrial hemp research program. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said the aim is to better align Kentucky's hemp effort with federal research exemptions. Quarles said that could put Kentucky growers...
  17. K

    Hemp Is Set To Overtake The Production Of Tobacco In Kentucky

    The production of hemp is continually increasing within the southeastern state of Kentucky, where production originated. Following decades of prohibition, hemp is now becoming a common agricultural commodity throughout America. Hemp is not a recreational drug but in fact a variety of Cannabis...
  18. K

    KY: Clark County Adds Stop In Self-Guided Hemp History Trail

    Life is a highway, and beginning in February a portion of it could be dedicated to hemp. The Kentucky Hemp Highway, a new free self-guided history tour, will make use of historical markers to map out a framework exploring the role of hemp in Kentucky's history, including in Clark County...
  19. K

    Finding The Real Value Of Hemp In Kentucky

    After a recent boost in funding, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville is delving into the science and economics of commercializing industrial hemp. It's a new line of work for the center, located inside the Speed School's Ernst Hall, but it matches...
  20. K

    Myths And Facts About US Hemp Farming Today

    Commercial hemp production faded, along with its legality, many decades ago in the U.S., but enthusiasts and business people are trying to reinvigorate hemp as a modern-day cash crop in states where recent legislation has OK'd it, like in Kentucky. Things are being learned anew about how to farm...