Kentucky started an industrial hemp pilot program in 2014 after federal hemp prohibitions were eased in states that had passed hemp reform at the state level.

Opponents of cannabis reform almost always support hemp prohibition too. There may be someone out there that supports cannabis but not hemp, but I've never met nor heard of such a person.

Usually opponents try to do everything that they can to lump hemp and cannabis policy into the same category in order to keep up the scare tactics that are used against them.

I once heard a federal regulator refer to hemp as 'just a cute word for marijuana.' That's not true at all, just as popcorn is not a cute word for corn whiskey.

In Kentucky, local law enforcement has been wasting time investigating legal hemp gardens, and once it is discovered that the investigation is a waste of tax payer dollars because the gardens are actually legal, they place the blame on hemp itself.

Kentucky started an industrial hemp pilot program in 2014 after federal hemp prohibitions were eased in states that had passed hemp reform at the state level.

The five year pilot program was strongly opposed by Kentucky law enforcement. That opposition continues to this day.

The Central Kentucky Drug Task Force

Recently the Central Kentucky Drug Task Force was called to a property, with the caller alleging that a massive illegal cannabis garden was located on the property.

When the cops showed up to set up surveillance on the property, they found it odd that the greenhouses containing the alleged illegal cannabis plants were so close to the house, and easily visible from the road.

Information was relayed back to the drug task force's Director, who called around to see if, by chance, the property was licensed with the State of Kentucky as a pilot hemp farm, which are now legal in Kentucky (cannabis is still very much illegal).

Sure enough, that was the case, and the entire situation proved to be a colossal waste of tax payers' dollars. So who/what is to blame for the debacle? According to the drug task force involved, hemp was to blame, even though it's perfectly legal.

“I see a lot of possible problems coming our way,” said Jacky Hunt, Director of the drug task force. “Law enforcement fought tooth and nail with the implementation of this program. For me as a drug task force director, I am looking for the potential of abuse. The bad side entering into the equation. We already have so much to battle, and now we have a crop out there for all intense purposes looks exactly like the crop we are fighting against.”

Kentucky has a cannabis prohibition problem, not a hemp problem

You also hear a lot of whining on the part of law enforcement in this article.

All the classic anti-hemp claims are in there: legalizing hemp can lead to abuse, and that hemp growers are hiding cannabis in their hemp fields, and that it's all ludicrous.

In actuality, the only thing that is ludicrous is the failed logic behind the drug task force's claims. A person would have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a telephone pole in order to feel any effects. It's scientifically impossible.

If cannabis is located near hemp, the cross pollination will ruin the cannabis, and actually turn the cannabis plants into hemp plants, rendering them useless to a cannabis consumer looking for euphoric effects.

Kentucky law enforcement does not have a hemp problem. The State of Kentucky has a cannabis prohibition problem. If law enforcement doesn't like having to distinguish between cannabis and hemp (which really isn't that hard), they should support ending the requirement to have to do so - not continue to push for a failed, harmful policy.

Hemp was around in Kentucky long before the Central Kentucky Drug Task Force

Hemp has been grown in Kentucky for a very long time. At one point in time, Kentucky produced more hemp than any other state in the nation.

If you haven't yet, I strongly urge Green Flower readers to check out the documentary 'Hempsters.' It's a film about the history of hemp, hemp prohibition, and the fight to make hemp legal again across the country.

Kentucky hemp activists are prominently featured in the film, and rightfully so, because hemp played such a large role in Kentucky agriculture for so long, and hopefully will again.

Hemp is not dangerous. Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet, and needs to be harnessed once again and allowed to grow across the country.

Kentucky's pilot program is a great start, but with the way law enforcement is throwing around anti-hemp rhetoric every chance they get, I am worried hemp will not get a fair chance in Kentucky. I guess only time will tell.

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What do Green Flower Media readers think? Do you agree that Kentucky law enforcement has it all wrong, and that they shouldn't be blaming hemp for their 'problems' but instead should be blaming cannabis prohibition?

Should hemp be fully legalized in Kentucky, and the rest of the United States?

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