The Kentucky Outlook on Industrial Hemp
Early in the road to Industrial Hemp returning to Kentucky, Ag Commissioner James Comer and Ananda Hemp’s Brian Furnish sat down with Kentucky Outlook to discuss the push for hemp.
Brian Furnish reiterates the original mission to bring hemp into legal status as a means of weaning Kentucky farmers off of tobacco. If tobacco was dying in 2011 during the CNBC broadcast of ‘Cigarette Wars’, it was dead in 2013.
Comer and Furnish: Bringing KY Hemp back
The show shot on WKU’s PBS affiliate was a means of establishing the best foot forward. KY AG Commissioner Comer provides the financial stats and acknowledgment of hemp product infrastructure. However, it’s Brian Furnish that sells the need. If the rest of the country was wise to kick around the idea, then why won’t Kentucky capitalize on their ability to grow hemp?
Why does this interview matter?
What makes this interview so key in the history of hemp legalization is that it worked in a rural setting. The first steps to the Hemp Revolution involved downplaying the hemp stigma that arose during Prohibition. American farming needs solutions and hemp is willing to provide them.