In The News: April 2018



April was a month full of benchmark moments for the hemp industry and its supporters.  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced groundbreaking legislation to finally and fully legalize industrial hemp — a bill that will bypass the traditional committee process and go directly to the full United States Senate.  The U.S. Hemp Roundtable — of which GenCanna™ sits on the Board of Directors and President Steve Bevan serves as Secretary — continued its advocacy and industry stewardship by submitting formal comments to the FDA in support of the World Health Organization's initial determinations on hemp-derived CBD, and traveled to Washington D.C to speak to legislators about the impacts of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.  Back at home, GenCanna™ served as headline sponsor for the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association Annual Conference — a wonderful gathering of hemp industry leaders from around the region.



U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally introduced a bill on the Senate floor that would officially remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing farmers to grow hemp as an agricultural product and businesses to sell its extracts, fiber and protein as agricultural commodities. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 not only legalizes hemp under U.S. federal law, it also opens hemp research and funding at the federal level, formally recognizes state and Native American Tribe regulation, and clarifies other issues like transportation and borders. Additionally, the proposed legislation offers a path to hemp crop insurance through USDA, providing a significant potential for greatly expanded farm production.

"Leader McConnell's continued advocacy for hemp is tremendous. Kentucky continues to drive the growth of the hemp industry thanks to our congressional leadership," said GenCanna CEO Matty Mangone-Miranda, “Formally legalizing hemp and easing business restrictions around this new agricultural commodity will help American farmers farm, and continue to build on the $40M in economic impact GenCanna™ has delivered to our Kentucky home.”



U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell penned an op-ed in the Richmond Register detailing his position in support of hemp and his sponsorship of the groundbreaking Hemp Farming Act of 2018.

“For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production. That’s why I was proud to introduce legislation in the Senate to finally and fully legalize industrial hemp.”

We are proud to support Leader McConnell and continue to support Kentucky farmers by bringing jobs and economic impact to our backyard.



Last fall, the Word Health Organization announced their preliminary judgement that hemp-derived CBD is safe for humans and animals and is not linked with any negative public health concerns.  In preparation of the WHO’s upcoming final judgement, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable submitted formal comments to FDA further supporting the initial decision:

“We write to strongly urge FDA to recommend against the scheduling of hemp-derived CBD as an internationally controlled substance. As explained below, CBD derived from hemp is not a controlled substance and has many medicinal and non-medicinal uses. We further urge FDA to include in its evaluation the evidence demonstrating the low abuse and dependence potential, safety, and health benefits of hemp-derived CBD – all of which were recognized by WHO in its recent report on CBD and have been confirmed by the totality of scientific evidence on CBD.”



GenCanna™ President and Secretary of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable Steve Bevan joined fellow members in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 with congressional leaders.  The roundtable presented U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Congressman James Comer (R-KY) with a ‘Friend of Hemp’ plaque for their leadership and commitment to the permanent legalization of industrial hemp.

Join the US Hemp Roundtable and citizens from across the US to support the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Voice your support by contacting your elected federal officials through the Hemp Supporter website, asking them to co-sponsor this critical legislation.

Click the link and voice your support for hemp!



GenCanna™ was proud to be the headline sponsor for the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association 2018 Annual Conference.  The event in downtown Lexington hosted hemp industry leaders, advocates, and businesses from across the region, and featured a video presentation by GenCanna™.



GenCanna™ was featured in the Jewish Journal and recognized as the first company in the space to receive Kosher certification for our hemp-derived CBD products.  Thank you to Brett Goldman, Newton Cohen and the GenCanna™ team for building relationships and facilitating these wonderful stories.