Rapid Response: Fact Check On Grimes’ False Hemp Claims

August 20, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following rapid response document fact checking the false claims Alison Lundergan Grimes made regarding hemp during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Candidate Forum.

“Mitch McConnell came to me prior to conference beginning and asked me to work with him to improve hemp language in the farm bill, which he considered important to Kentucky.  The language included in the conference report, and the accompanying report reflect his influence.  Allowing research institutions and state departments of agriculture to cultivate hemp would allow Kentucky farmers, and farmers in other states that allow this type of research, to more fully explore commercial uses of this fiber.  Mitch is proud of the language he worked to include, and he should be.” – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. 

Legislative Language That Legalized Hemp Was Drafted By Sen. McConnell. “Kentucky has enacted industrial hemp legislation at the state level. A source familiar with the negotiations said the expanded language was drafted in McConnell’s office and inserted at his behest. The language will allow Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer to go ahead with a pilot program allowing cultivation of industrial hemp, which is a type of cannabis that contains far less THC than is found in marijuana. It nonetheless has been similarly treated under federal law.” (Niels Lesniewski, “McConnell Takes Credit for Hemp Provision in Farm Bill (Updated),” Roll Call, 1/28/14)

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