Lexington, KY – United States Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is being praised by Ananda Hemp, manufacturer of legal non-psychoactive hemp extract products based in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader McConnell, in a long-awaited announcement regarding “The Hemp Farming Act of 2018” will eliminate hemp, as a controlled substance, from any regulations and therefore begin to treat hemp as an agricultural good. This new bill is also co-sponsored and supported by Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. Additionally, Republican Representative from Kentucky, James Comer, introduced a similar legislation in 2017 titled, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017”, also known as H.R. 3530.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell commented on Hemp’s future and expected and inevitable impact when stating “Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future“. He then continues with “I am grateful to join our Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles in this effort. He and his predecessor, Jamie Comer, have been real champions for the research and development of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth. The work of Commissioner Quarles here in Kentucky has become a nationwide example for the right way to cultivate hemp. I am proud to stand here with him today, because I believe that we are ready to take the next step and build upon the successes we’ve seen with Kentucky’s hemp pilot program”
Brian Furnish, 8th generation tobacco farmer and currently Director of Global Production for Ananda, gave accolades to Senate Majority Leader McConnell in “The hemp industry is very grateful to Leader McConnell for his strong leadership over the years on behalf of providing Kentucky farmers – and the whole U.S. agricultural commodity – this exciting new economic opportunity…” Additionally, Mr. Furnish also addressed Leader McConnell’s backing of the 2014 Farm Bill when stating “Leader McConnell’s persistence and commitment has gotten us to this point – through his work on the 2014 Farm Bill and subsequent legislation that created today’s hemp pilot programs. There’s no better person to help get us across the finish line.”
Since 2014, Ananda Hemp has been a purveyor in the harvesting and processing of industrial hemp as well as having direct contracts with farmers in the state of Kentucky. Just last year alone, almost 500 acres of hemp produced in the state of Kentucky was harvested by Ananda Hemp. This played a key role in boosting farming contracts with the combined benefit of adding both permanent and seasonal regional employment.
Ananda Hemp’s CEO, Eric Wang, shows his appreciation for Leader McConnell’s support when stating “The tremendous leadership and vision of Senator McConnell and Congressman Comer underpin the future of several hemp-based industries that will create many thousands of jobs in the US agriculture and manufacturing sectors.” Mr. Wang then touches on Ananda Hemp’s plans to invest in the hemp industry in, “Clarity and certainty on the future of industrial hemp has been critical to our decision to invest over $20 [million] into this forming industry. We owe deep appreciation to Senator McConnell for his strong commitment and steady leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing to invest heavily in infrastructure and job creation.”
Web Wellness Health is looking forward to the inevitable introduction and passing of the upcoming “The Hemp and Farming Act of 2018”. This new legislation will prove to be a major player in the growth of Kentucky’s hemp industry.