Thomas Massie is co-sponsoring legislation that would require the federal government to honor state laws allowing hemp production.
The proposed Industrial Hemp Farming Act would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is co-sponsoring a similar bill in the U.S. Senate.
Massie, of northern Kentucky, says industrial hemp could be an important agricultural product for farmers. However, federal and state law enforcement are against its growth in the U.S.