Kentucky is also missing out on major tax revenue, he said.
"Kentucky law allows for hemp to be grown up to 0.3% THC," he said. "After that, it’s considered marijuana and it gets destroyed."
“It’s not the agricultural path," Kemper said. "It is the business path, so it’s for people who want to become entrepreneurs or expand or grow an existing business in CBD, hemp and maybe focus more so on the sales and marketing, retail, wholesale, health and wellness."
Buffalo Skull Ranch Greenhouse would bring in about five times that if Kentucky legalized marijuana, and until the law changes, the company is leaving money on the table, Jaggers said.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture tests the hemp grown there, he said.
"We have seen quite an expansion in interest for Cannabusiness," said Taylor Kemper, associate director of admissions for Sullivan University.
Jaggers showed Spectrum News 1 a variety of hemp called "Alpen Gleaux,” a customer favorite with purple flowers.
Cannabis remained illegal in Kentucky until 2014, when hemp cultivation was permitted by the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The same year, Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB 124, a law that allowed patients to use non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) products with a physician’s written order.
Kentucky does not have a medical marijuana program. The only cannabis Kentucky residents can legally purchase and possess is hemp-derived CBD products with no more than 0.3% THC. There are no laws specifically governing medical marijuana and employers in Kentucky.
What are the laws in Kentucky for medical marijuana and employers?
Long before President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, Kentucky was the largest source of hemp crops in the continental United States. The state began hemp cultivation in 1775 and remained a primary source of the plant well into the 20th century.
You cannot get a medical marijuana business license in Kentucky because Kentucky does not have a medical marijuana program. The only cannabis Kentucky residents can legally purchase and possess is hemp-derived CBD products with no more than 0.3% THC.
How do you get a medical marijuana card in Kentucky?
Kentucky has not had a Proposition 64, the California ballot measure that legalized adult-use marijuana. In 2020, Kentucky had a medical marijuana bill, HB 136, that passed the House but the Senate was focused on dealing with the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and didn’t get to it before the legislative session ended.