Mitch McConnell’s Love Affair with Hemp

McConnell—then the Senate’s minority leader—worked furiously to free the seeds from the DEA’s clutches and continued the pro-hemp drumbeat throughout 2014, as he campaigned for reelection.

KENTUCKY: Last May, a shipment of 250 pounds of hemp seeds left Italy destined for Kentucky as part of a pilot project made legal by the 2014 federal farm bill. Kentucky farmers had long hoped for a crop that could fill the void left by the decline of tobacco, and many thought that industrial hemp, Read the full article…

Marijuana A Savior, And A Stigma, For Revived Hemp Crop

Fort Lupton's PureVision Technology wants to process hemp stalks for consumer-product manufacturing and plans large-scale biorefinery in Oregon.

KENTUCKY:  Jim Barton is finally harvesting a crop of hemp, the cannabis variety used in colonial times to make rope, sailcloth and other goods. But the 80-year-old Kentucky farmer isn’t celebrating the successful drive to loosen marijuana laws that also moved Congress to allow pilot plots of his non-intoxicating version of the plant. “Marijuana has Read the full article…

University Of Kentucky Researchers Harvest Hemp Crop

UK’s research project included 13 different varieties managed for either fiber production or seed production.

KENTUCKY:   University of Kentucky researchers have harvested the university’s first hemp crop in decades. “It was a good growing season for many crops, not just hemp,” said David Williams, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment agronomist and co-project lead. “Precipitation was excellent this year and more than adequate for growth. The only downside to the growing season Read the full article…

Kentucky’s Hemp Crops Flourish After Troubled Start

At Kentucky's Murray State, researchers say some of their plants have reached 14 feet in height.

KENTUCKY:  It took a legal fight just to get the seeds in the ground, but two months later, Kentucky’s first legal hemp crops in decades are flourishing. The hemp plants have grown from 6 to 16 feet in two months and researchers say that’s a good sign for what could be a new cash crop Read the full article…

Hemp Crop Takes Root In Kentucky

Kentucky's first hemp crop takes root.

KENTUCKY:  A month after the seeds for Kentucky’s first legal hemp crop were released to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, hundreds of leafy plants are growing in research fields across Kentucky. After initial fears that government holdups on delivering the seed would limit growers’ ability to get a good crop, seeds were released and planted Read the full article…

Massie Eats Hemp, Says It’s ‘Rope, Not Dope’

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KENTUCKY: The effort to legalize industrial hemp has turned the national spotlight on Kentucky. In the past month, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, received rock star treatment with a write-up in Rolling Stone and eating a hemp seed candy bar on Fox Business Network show ‘The Independents’ with former MTV VJ Kennedy. “Look, I’m going to eat hemp Read the full article…

Are Feds Trying To Run Down Clock On Kentucky Hemp Seeds?

Rainer Nowotny, managing director of Hanffaser Uckermark eG., checks the quality of hemp plants July 27, 2013, in Prenzlau, Germany. The company produces insulating material and animal bedding out of hemp.

KENTUCKY:  With just about two weeks until the end of planting season, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department agreed Friday to jump through a federal agency’s hoops so it can get hemp seeds that already are in the state. State officials say they will file a four-page application for a one-page federal permit to obtain industrial hemp seeds that U.S. Customs Read the full article…

Hemp Seeds Could Be In Kentucky Hands By weekend

The U.S. is unquestionably the largest market for hemp products

KENTUCKY:  Federal officials could release a 250-pound shipment of hemp seeds to Kentucky by the end of the week, according to a spokeswoman for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. The shipment arrived in Louisville last week, but the Drug Enforcement Agency told Comer his department would have to apply for a Schedule I controlled substance Read the full article…

DEA Seizes Kentucky’s Hemp Seeds Despite Congressional Legalization

The DEA has offered a wide variety of explanations to Kentucky officials perplexed at the seizure. "They're interpreting the law a hundred different ways," Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R) told HuffPost. "The only way they're not interpreting it is the way it actually reads."

KENTUCKY: The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized a batch of seeds that were intended to be part of the launch of Kentucky’s legal hemp industry following congressional legalization of the crop for research purposes. The DEA has offered a wide variety of explanations to Kentucky officials perplexed at the seizure. “They’re interpreting the law a Read the full article…

Time For New Look At Marijuana

KENTUCKY:  The Kentucky General Assembly made history last week. For the first time ever a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use advanced when, on a nine to five vote, HB 350 cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee. Also last week, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved SB 124 with only one no Read the full article…