Strawberry Plains state senator helps draft hemp law

Two state lawmakers in Tennessee are pointing to Kentucky

FILE- This file image made from a film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during World War II shows the title frame of the movie "Hemp for Victory." After Japanese troops cut off access to Asian fiber supplies during the war, it released the propaganda film urging farmers to grow hemp and extolling its use in parachutes and rope for the war effort. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Agriculture, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two state lawmakers in Tennessee are pointing to Kentucky's recent approval of hemp farming as they push for a similar measure.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Republican Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains is drafting a bill with Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden, and they plan to introduce the measure in next year's legislative session.

Nicely said Kentucky and six other states have passed measures legalizing hemp even though federal law prohibits it. Nicely said there also is support for changing federal laws, notably from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul, both from Kentucky.


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