FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Former state Treasurer Jonathan Miller will join two other state officials on a three-day Washington trip this week in hopes of getting the federal government to allow industrial hemp farming in the state.
Miller, a Democrat, will go with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and state Sen. Paul Hornback, both Republicans. They hope to meet with representatives of the White House, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and most of Kentucky's congressional delegation.
Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that lays the groundwork for hemp farming if the Drug Enforcement Administration were to lift restrictions on the crop.
Proponents contend that hemp could be an important crop for farmers in Kentucky, where the plant thrived before being outlawed by the federal government.