Kentucky is apparently not called the Bluegrass State for nothing.
Lawmakers in the state hope to legalize hemp as a job creation tactic, and idea that's being pushed by both Kentucky senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
But state law enforcers are strongly opposed, calling the move "a step toward legal marijuana," Kentucky.com reports. They're concerned that it's difficult to visually distinguish between hemp plants and pot, and producers could take advantage of that fact by growing a mixture of the two plants to bamboozle drug enforcement officers.
Currently hemp-growing is banned federally: the plant is classified as marijuana, even though it contains minimal amounts of the intoxicating chemical THC. If Kentucky lawmakers pass a hemp-legalizing bill, Rand Paul plans to lobby for a waiver of federal law to allow hemp production in his state.
McConnell claims that allowing hemp cultivation will be pursued in a way that won't harm the enforcement of marijuana laws. But in any case, he's committed to the move as a job creation tactic. "The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real," he said in a statement.