US (KY): USDA secretary on tour of hemp farm

Mitch McConnell is all about hemp.

The Republican Senate majority leader has already successfully legalized the plant through last year’s Farm Bill, pushed for hemp crop insurance provisions in disaster aid legislation and passed a resolution commemorating Hemp History Week last month.

And now he’s personally leading the U.S. agriculture secretary on a tour of hemp facilities in his home state of Kentucky.

Sonny Perdue, who heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), accompanied McConnell on a visit to the Commonwealth Extracts facility in Louisville on Tuesday, where the officials got a chance to see hemp-derived CBD products up close.

Calling the hemp industry “already a terrific business,” McConnell said that the government is in the “final stages of getting us where we need to be” in terms of regulations.

“If you’re a football fan,” he said, “we’re in the red zone.”

Read more at forbes.com


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