KDA Announces Draft Hemp Regulations and Asks for Public Comment

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles has released new, draft regulations updating Kentucky’s hemp program.

The KDA is encouraging public comment through April 30, 2020. A comprehensive document can be found here, and each separate regulation is also available on the KDA website on the “Hemp and the Law” page.

You should email your comments to KDA directly at until April 30, 2020.

Additionally, Commissioner Quarles and Kentucky Department of Agriculture led the effort this session to pass House Bill 236, which updated Kentucky’s hemp laws. This law included two main changes:

  • Updating Kentucky’s laws to align our statues with the 2018 Farm Bill; and
  • Allowing licensed hemp processors in Kentucky to transport or sell their hemp concentrate to another licensed hemp processor location in Kentucky, if that interaction is reported to and approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at least 24 hours in advance.