Despite the wave of confusion brought on by the rescinding of the Cole Memo by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on January 4th, 2017, the salient point remains that Industrial Hemp and its derived products are federally legal under Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill and the Appropriations Act of 2017. Current legislation dictates that Hemp is an agricultural product similar to soy beans and corn. The resurgence of its historical legacy continues to be led by proud Kentucky farmers and is enjoyed by consumers across the globe. Hemp is–and has always been–food.
“HEMP IS FOOD, AND IS FEDERALLY LEGAL WHEN PRODUCED IN A COMPLIANT STATE PROGRAM LIKE THAT WHICH WE HAVE BEEN REGULATED BY IN KENTUCKY FOR OVER 4 YEARS NOW.”
“Our Kentucky operations and output is unaffected by the developments in Washington DC. The hemp our farmers grow, the hemp-derived products that we process, and the products that our end users receive are federally legal,” said GenCanna President Steve Bevan, “Confusion and frustration may build, but this simply reinforces GenCanna's positioning, from our hemp grown in Kentucky, that hemp and hemp-derived products are not controlled substances — they are not marijuana. Hemp is food, and is federally legal when produced in a compliant state program like that which we have been regulated by in Kentucky for over 4 years now.”
GenCanna sustainably grows premium hemp on fertile Kentucky family farms. GenCanna processes its hemp in an FDA Registered and Inspected food-grade facility. As a licensee of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, GenCanna is able to provide a US grown, manufactured, and fully compliant source of hemp-derived ingredients.