Hemp Seeds Could Be In Kentucky Hands By weekend

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 researcher license to gain possession it, which could take five months, said Holly Harris VonLuehrte, Comer’s chief of staff.

But on Tuesday, the agency backed off as Comer threatened legal action in federal court, VonLuehrte said. The DEA told Comer that his department would still need a permit but the application process could be expedited, she said.

VonLuehrte said Tuesday evening that Kentucky officials could have the seeds, which were shipped from Italy, by the end of the week.

“We started to rattle the cage,” she said of Tuesday’s discussions with the DEA.

Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Hemp supporters will rally in Washington D.C. today.

Members of Vote Hemp and other groups are descending on the nation’s capital for Hemp Lobby Day to convince Congress to lift a federal ban on the plant for industrial use.

Earlier this year Kentucky lawmakers approved the research and cultivation of hemp, but it has yet to be implemented because the federal government still considers the crop a controlled substance. The dilemma has pitted two potential gubernatorial candidates against one another: Hemp supporter and state Agricultural Commissioner James Comer, and Attorney General Jack Conway. [Read more…]