Hemp Planting Delayed in Kentucky Amid Legal Fight
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Hemp Planting Delayed in Kentucky Amid Legal Fight
Posted by CN Staff on May 15, 2014 at 15:55:02 PT
By Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Kentucky -- Hemp activists planning to celebrate the crop's comeback in Kentucky this week will have to wait a bit longer to watch seeds go in the ground.State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said Thursday that a planting of hemp seeds scheduled for Friday in rural Kentucky was delayed because of a legal standoff between his agency and federal drug enforcement officials. A half-acre hemp plot was scheduled to be planted Friday in Rockcastle County, a move meant to signal the long-banned crop's small-scale comeback.
Comer said his office decided to postpone the planting as his department tries to win the release of a 250-pound shipment of hemp seeds imported from Italy. Comer's department sued the federal government Wednesday."I don't want to do something there to jeopardize this court ruling," he said.The case is being closely watched by agriculture officials in other states thinking about venturing into hemp production.The seeds for the Rockcastle County planting came from California for a pilot project involving a group of military veterans interested in farming.Michael Lewis, a farmer who is heading up the project, said the delay was unfortunate and could jeopardize yield."They're holding back family farms over what?" he said, referring to federal officials. "We're frustrated, but we're ready to work it out. We want to be above the board. We want to grow this crop. So let's get together and resolve it.Comer said he's disappointed by the delay but hopes the seeds will go in the ground soon.Eight hemp pilot projects are planned this year in Kentucky, which has been at the forefront of efforts to revive the crop.Hemp production was banned decades ago when the federal government classified the crop as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, Cannabis sativa, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.The crop's comeback took root with passage of a new federal farm bill. It allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp pilot projects for research in states such as Kentucky that allow hemp growing.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Bruce Schreiner, The Associated PressPublished:  May 14, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Hemp Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on May 23, 2014 at 23:01:11 PT
Update: Another Victory
DEA Backs Down; Kentucky Will Get Its Hemp Seeds.
by Phillip Smith, May 23, 2014, 02:44am
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Comment #2 posted by Lucas on May 17, 2014 at 20:59:02 PT
On the other hand
Planting hemp will release clouds of pollen from non psychoactive strains of marijuana. Get my drift?Besides protecting dogs, weasels and salmon, planting hemp will protect children, our creeks and rivers. Join the fight to take back our Neighborhoods, Cities and National Forests from the Cartels.If we plant hemp around marijuana gardens, we can turn all that sinsemilla into seeded schwag. The more hemp we plant, the worse it will be for medical marijuana profiteers, lets release clouds of hemp pollen on their plants.And anyone who plants those seeds, will be contaminating the gene pool of medical marijuana and bringing down the potency of the drug. Lets turn back the potency of all that genetically engineered marijuana. Hemp has zero potency, if crossed with potent strains, the plants from those seeds will be less and less potent.Lets work together to protect our children, by planting Hemp Everywhere!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 15, 2014 at 15:59:32 PT
Hearing on Release of Hemp Seeds Scheduled
Hearing on Release of Hemp Seeds Scheduled for Friday; First Planting on HoldMay 15, 2014URL:
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