DEA could release hemp seeds to Ky. within the next 24 hours
Federal officials claim all the Kentucky Department of Agriculture needed to do to to get the seeds was fill out a permit. Ag officials say they agreed to do so -- but reluctantly.
Wednesday, May 21st 2014, 3:55 pm EDT
Friday, October 31st 2014, 8:42 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shipments of hemp seeds that have been held up by U.S. customs are expected to be released to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture within the next 24 hours.
Officials with the DEA and Kentucky Department of Agriculture met this afternoon with a federal judge. Federal officials say all the Kentucky Department of Agriculture needs to do the obtain the hemp is simply apply for a permit.
State Agriculture officials agreed to do so this afternoon, but with some reluctance.
"The Department of Agriculture still does not concede that this is a controlled substance," said Holly Harris Vonluehrte, the Chief of Staff at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. "What we're doing is we're trying to get this process moving so we can get the hemp in the ground this season. It's a showing of good faith."
A federal farm bill recently cleared the way to allow states to grow and cultivate hemp, if approved by the state. Kentucky legislators gave that approval earlier this year.
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