U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following comments regarding the harvest of the University of Kentucky's first hemp crop:
"I want to congratulate Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and the University of Kentucky for today's harvest of the hemp crop from its pilot program. I was proud to include the measure in the Farm Bill that gave Commissioner Comer the go ahead to cultivate hemp for pilot programs, while maintaining my long-standing support for Kentucky's law enforcement's aggressive efforts at marijuana interdiction. I have heard from many Kentuckians who see this as a first step towards re-establishing this commodity and market for Kentucky, one that may create jobs in the future," said Senator McConnell.
"As a young farmer, I appreciate Senator McConnell and Commissioner Comer for working to reestablish this commodity for Kentucky's farmers. As I plan to continue my family's farming traditions in the future, I look forward to following its development," said Josh Hendrix, President and Founder of Kentucky Hemp Industries Association.