Hemp bill passed, could open up more testing facilities

The Kentucky House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill this week that would expand the number of qualified laboratories testing hemp for THC.

House Bill 236 passed the house by a 85-4 vote after passing the Senate by unanimous vote. Currently, the entirety of Kentucky’s hemp crop testing is performed by the University of Kentucky, which, according to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, is experiencing a backlog in testing.

House Bill 236 would authorize more laboratories for hemp testing. Both state and federal law limits the amount of THC in Kentucky’s hemp crop to point-three-percent.

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