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New Hemp Fabric Weaves Its Way

Posted on April 20, 2000

Kentucky Textiles is now trademarking the blend of hemp, cotton and polyester in HempSpun. The Paris manufacturer employs 475 workers filling contracts for customers such as Lands–End, Speedo and Reebok.

Kentucky Hemp Museum Coming to Santa Cruz

Posted on April 15, 2000

The third annual Santa Cruz Industrial Hemp Expo, Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, California, will feature the renowned Kentucky Hemp Museum and Library for its 2000 show.

Hemp debate may revive in tobacco money tussle

Posted on April 12, 2000

House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday about how to divide tobacco settlement funds. Barrows wants the chance to set aside some of the tobacco settlement money for research into growing industrial hemp. A bill that would have directed such research at Kentucky universities passed the House earlier this session but died in the Senate.

Death Knell Likely for Hemp

Posted on March 30, 2000

Industrial hemp will be grown and studied in several states during the next two years, but probably not in Kentucky.

Hemp bill receives preliminary approval

Posted on March 24, 2000

Industrial-hemp research won qualified approval from a Senate committee yesterday, but could still go up in smoke. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee approved House Bill 855 by a vote of 6-2, but only after removing a recommendation that the full Senate should pass the bill.

Harrelson must stand trial in hemp case US court

Posted on March 24, 2000

The Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday derailed Woody Harrelson’s crusade to legalize hemp cultivation, ordering the actor to stand trial for planting four seeds of the marijuana relative in 1996.

High Court Says Harrelson Must be Tried for Marijuana Possession

Posted on March 23, 2000

Actor Woody Harrelson today lost his battle to draw a legal line between industrial hemp and its narcotic cousin marijuana. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled there is no difference and said Harrelson has to go back to Lee County to be tried for possession of marijuana.

Woody’s Case Up in Smoke

Posted on March 23, 2000

Neo-hippie activist Woody Harrelson’s latest hemp cause has apparently gone up in smoke. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that the former Cheers barkeep and cultivation-friendly film star must stand trial for marijuana possession, following his well-publicized arrest for planting four hemp seeds in 1996.

Kentucky House Passes Amended Hemp Bill

Posted on March 21, 2000

The state House yesterday voted for the return of industrial hemp to Kentucky, but only as a strictly regulated experiment at a public university.

Kentucky Hemp Museum Celebrates Crop’s Past

Posted on March 20, 2000

Versailles near the east edge of town, along U.S. 60 at Paynes Mill Road, there’s a bronze marker commemorating the important role hemp once played in Kentucky agriculture. It isn’t unique. There are similar signs in Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mason, Scott, Shelby and Clark counties.