DEA Plans to Quintuple Amount of Cannabis Grown for Research

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed to significantly increase the amount of cannabis that can legally grow in the U.S. for research purposes and reduce the number of opioids that are manufactured in the nation in 2019. The 2019 Aggregate Production Quota for Schedule I and II […]


Cynthiana, Kentucky is ground zero for hemp. This 500-acre hemp farm in Harrison County is a farm that’s been years in the making. In 2013, Brian Furnish, the 8th-generation farmer who grows the hemp, started working on legislation with Congressman Comer. His efforts helped pass Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This key piece […]


  The coal industry once formed the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, but with a painful decline in coal production, King Coal’s reign is coming to an end. According to Newsweek, West Virginia has some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the nation. For the first time ever, CNBC ranked the Mountain State as the worst […]

Hemp Farming Act 2018

Today is a promising day for the future of hemp. This morning Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the Senate floor to introduce the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. This bill would permanently legalize hemp, removing it from the Controlled Substances Act, and establish it as an agricultural commodity. He was joined by Senator Ron […]

The Growing Potential of Growing Hemp

Brian Furnish is director of Global Production at Ananda Hemp, based in Kentucky. It’s Time to Consider the Growing Potential of Hemp Hemp, once a legal and thriving crop in the United States, was dealt a heavy blow with the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. The Act put heavy tax and licensing regulations on both hemp […]

The Cannabis Reporter Interviews Brian Furnish and James Comer

The Cannabis Reporter interviewed US Representative, James Comer, and Ananda Hemp President of Global Production, Brian Furnish, in October to discuss healthy gains made by the Hemp Industry since 2014. The interview (full audio below) reviews proposed updates to hemp legislation. Specifically, much of the conversation revolves around H.R.3530, which is deemed as the Industrial […]