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Gov. Beshear has until Saturday to veto hemp bill

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- No news may be good news for advocates of industrial hemp in Kentucky.

Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear has until Saturday to decide whether he will veto the bill. If he doesn't make a choice by then, the legislation automatically becomes law.

The General Assembly passed the measure last week in the final minutes of the regular session. It would allow Kentucky farmers to grow hemp and the state to regulate it, if the federal government lifts its ban on the plant.

"That was the only bill this session that had the potential to create jobs, and it also has potential to help our farmers, so hopefully he'll sign the bill," said James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.

The Governor's Office says Beshear will consult with law enforcement on this decision.

There is concern marijuana growers could use hemp to camouflage the illegal drug.

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