Applications for legal hemp cultivation and processing licenses in the state of Kentucky are set to officially open in mid-November.
According to the Associated Press, an official online application period for licenses was announced for interested parties. The Kentucky state department will be accepting applications from Nov. 15 to March 1, 2020. Eventually, the department would like to move to a rolling application process, but for now, there will be a submission deadline date for those who want to legally farm hemp.
Kentucky is currently charging ahead and leading the way when it comes to hemp legalization in the 2018 Farm Bill and headed up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, paved the way for the state to start allowing hemp agriculture. “By removing hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, farmers can explore the bright future of this versatile crop, found in everything from a coffee mug to your car dashboard,” McConnell said in a statement after the Farm Bill’s passage. “Kentucky’s farmers are prepared to continue leading the nation when it comes to hemp and its potential to benefit our farm economy, and I’m hopeful that this exciting commodity can be as big of a part of our agricultural future as it has been in our past.”
While Kentucky started out slow with cannabis due to their location between the conservative South and Midwest, officials in the state are now establishing a strong hemp industry, and they have also been considering a medical cannabis industry. They even introduced a hemp dog to celebrate their newly legalized hemp industry. It seems like Kentucky is heading toward a healthy hemp industry, followed by a strong legal cannabis industry.