Posted on August 12, 2014 at 12:11 AM
Tuesday, Aug 12 at 12:12 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A man form Colorado is staking his time, money and experience on a farm in Kentucky all to make medicine from hemp.
“I use the word phenomenon. Agriculture phenomenon, in Kentucky's very, very near future,” Josh Stanley said.
In Colorado, Stanley is known as a medical marijuana pioneer.
Stanley and four of his brothers have cultivated many forms of medical pot to help control seizures in children. They said they believe it can help others, including cancer patients and veterans.
“It worked for depression, it worked to curb the post traumatic stress disorder, the flair ups, it worked so well we were astonished,” Stanley said.
Earlier this year, Stanley was front and center in Frankfort testifying before Kentucky lawmakers about the Colorado Cannabis.
In an exclusive WHAS11 interview, Stanley talked about moving the base of his operation to Kentucky. But here, he said, he isn’t concentrating on medical marijuana which is still illegal in Kentucky. Instead, he will shift his focus to hemp.
“I don't use the cannabis word or the marijuana word. That turns people off immediately. What we're dealing in is hemp. Both in nutritional and medical purposes,” he said.
He’s investing in Kentucky, partnering with farmers on two pilot project and in the market to buy land.
“Kentucky is the place to be and Kentucky is going to be the example for the rest of the country. I am confident of that,” Stanley said.
Stanley said his interest in medicinal hemp began with his own back injury. He was using pharmaceutical drugs when his friend told him to try hemp.
He said within three weeks he was off all pain pills.
Since then, Stanley and his brothers have been at the forefront of creating strains of medical marijuana in Colorado with drastically reduced levels of THC (the substance that gets you high) and turning it into medicine.
Now, he said Kentucky is on the forefront of making medicine – from hemp.
“There are so many unanswered questions, but we are not going to answer them unless we get to it. What my company, and now non-profit organization, seeks to do is lend a hand,” he said.
This fall the hemp from this farm will be turned into an oil – CBD oil -- and distributed to children and veterans.
“My hope is in the pilot project that we can take care of 400. We need to be able to take care of 400,000, but that's OK. It's a start. You have to start somewhere,” Stanley said.