On Jan. 31, 2013, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued a press statement stating his support for legalization of hemp cultivation. AHPA expressed support for legislation introduced in the 112th Congress (2011 to 2012) in the House by recently retired Rep. Ron Paul, and in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., with Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as cosponsors, that would have legalized cultivation and processing of industrial hemp, defined as cannabis with a THC content below 0.3 percent.
January 31, 2013
Industrialized Hemp Will Help Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs in Kentucky
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding industrialized hemp and its impact on Kentucky:
"After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky's farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement's marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me."