Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging Americans to wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus—and he wants those coverings to be made of hemp.
During an event at the Kentucky-based hemp company Ecofibre on Monday, McConnell talked about the challenges the burgeoning market for the newly legal crop has faced, especially amid the pandemic, but he said it represents a viable commodity that is bolstering the economy.
Ecofibre, which is producing hemp face masks, is an example of how businesses are innovating since the crop’s federal legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill, the majority leader said.
“We’re gonna need a massive number of doses [of a vaccine for COVID-19]—not just for our country but for the entire world. The coronavirus is not gone. And in the meantime, I recommend a hemp mask as one of the best,” he said, adding that the company “adapted to the pandemic situation and produced products that were helpful.”
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