Sen. Mitch McConnell visits Kentucky hemp farm, comments on Nike controversy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited one of UK's hemp-growing facilities Tuesday.

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McConnell toured the farm alongside Kentucky AG Commissioner Ryan Quarles and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Hemp is no longer a controlled substance and is booming in Kentucky. McConnell pushed for hemp provisions in the 2018 farm bill.

McConnell says they are still facing obstacles. One of the obstacles is with credit card companies refusing involvement with CBD business.

"There's a huge flaw in it... if we are trying to get the hemp movement in Kentucky to create us a new economy but we are hindering all the small businesses from being able to grow their businesses, we're not growing the economy we are still growing big business," said McConnell.

McConnell is hoping to resolve the problem by talking to banks.

Sister station WKYT reports during this visit McConnell commented on Nike pulling a flag-themed sneaker after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker.

The shoe had the original Betsy Ross flag and Kaepernick told Nike the flag symbol was offensive because of its connection to slavery.

“I think we got a problem," said McConnell. "I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoemaker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. I’ll make the first order."

McConnell was asked to expand on the issue but he refrained.

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