"Comer, an advocate for hemp, and the Kentucky [Industrial] Hemp Commission, which Comer revived last year to suggest hemp policy, contend the U.S. Justice Department’s recent stance easing enforcement of marijuana laws along with the state’s new hemp law, means the plant can be grown legally in the state," Hall writes. "But Kentucky State Police officials don’t agree, and asked for an opinion from Conway, who sided with the state police. Conway says proponents need a waiver from the federal government or a change in federal law to produce hemp. A spokeswoman for Comer said Wednesday that hemp proponents will proceed to develop regulations on growing the plant despite the opinion, which is advisory and does not have the force of law."
UPDATE, Sept. 27: Conway clarified his position, telling The Sentinel-News of Shelbyville that he is for legalized industrial hemp, and “All I’m trying to say is be careful. I’m not sure why all the hype from the Ag office is going to Defcom 5.” (Presumably, he meant Defcon, or "defense condition," in which war is 1, not 5.) Reporter Todd Martin writes, “Conway said it was too hypothetical to know if he would prosecute in a case like this but added, 'I think I’d have higher priorities than that.'” (Read more)