LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has reached an agreement with the DEA that will allow for the release of 250 pounds of hemp seed being held in the Louisville U.S. Customs office.

The Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner's office confirms to WDRB that it has spoken with the DEA, which said it will expedite an import permit to allow for the release of the hemp seeds by the end of the week.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's office had threatened to go to court to obtain the 250-pound shipment of seeds from Italy unless federal customs officials released the seeds.

The department is waiting to get the agreement in writing before deciding whether to take the dispute to federal court.

The seeds are to be used in pilot projects across the state to test the best seeds to grow in the Commonwealth and the various ways that hemp might be used.

It's not clear what day they will be released.

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