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Ky. Agriculture Dept. sues for release of hemp seeds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit in federal court seeking the release of 250 pounds of hemp seeds that were seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The suit names the DEA, U.S. Customs, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer wants a federal judge to force the release of the seeds, which are being held at the U.S. Customs office in Louisville.

Comer says the new federal Farm Bill allows seeds to be used for hemp pilot projects in Kentucky, but the DEA wants the state to first obtain a permit.

A spokesperson for the Agriculture Department says a deal with the DEA reached Tuesday fell through, and it is trying to get a hearing in federal court in Louisville this week.

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