Over 250 pounds of hemp seeds will be delivered tomorrow to Kentucky’s Agriculture Department by the DEA, which confiscated the seeds as they were being delivered from Italy to Kentucky. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer plans on using the hemp seeds for hemp pilot projects which will take place across the state.
These projects are legal under both state and federal law, as Kentucky legalized hemp last year, and the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same. Despite this, the DEA stopped the seeds from reaching their destination, something which prompted Commissioner Comer to file a federal lawsuit. Kentucky has now received an import permit for the seeds, and will have them in their possession tomorrow, with plans of having them planted in the ground next week.
“This is a historic day,” says Comer said. “We’ve done something that no one thought we could do a year-and-a-half ago. We legalized industrial hemp and we’ve proven that it’s an agricultural crop and not a drug.” Comer plans to use the pilot program to study various aspects and benefits of hemp.