Burgos, Policy Committee discuss hemp industry in Pa. Capitol

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in the Capitol today on the hemp industry in Pennsylvania.

“We know that the hemp industry has a strong future here in Pennsylvania, if it gets the support that it needs,” Burgos said. “Having representatives from the Pennsylvania hemp industry here, along with members of our own state Department of Agriculture and from the state of Kentucky, which has an industrial hemp program, provided a huge opportunity for us to learn more ways to support the hemp industry here in our commonwealth.”

Burgos was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. He had requested the hearing to discuss the burgeoning hemp industry in Pennsylvania. Testifiers included representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Ruth Welliver, director of the bureau of plant industry, and Natalie Krak, policy director; representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture: Keith Rogers, chief of staff, and Doris Hamilton, manager of the industrial hemp program; Steve Bevan, president of GenCanna Global Inc. and chairman of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable; Marielle Weintraub, president of the U.S. Hemp Authority; and Dr. Steven Groff, founding chairman of Groff North America and Farmacy Partners.

This hearing was one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.planforpa.com/ and hearing materials will be at www.pahouse.com/policy.