Hemp and the Law
Industrial hemp plants, leaf, floral and viable seed materials remain a Schedule I Controlled Substance under state and federal law; no person can grow, handle, or process industrial hemp in Kentucky without a license in the Department's Program.
According to KRS 260.858 (3), "It is unlawful for a person who does not hold a license issued by the department, or who is not an agent of a licensee, to cultivate, handle, process, or market living industrial hemp plants or viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials derived from industrial hemp. Penalties for persons who cultivate, handle, process, or market living industrial hemp plants or viable seeds, leaf materials, or floral materials derived from industrial hemp without a license are the same as those penalties that are applicable to persons who violate KRS Chapter 218A, relating to marijuana.
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