Kentucky Wins Release of Confiscated Hemp Seeds

Kentucky has freed its trapped hemp seeds after winning a standoff with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The news ends a weeklong ordeal that began when customs officials seized a 250-pound bag of hemp seeds that Kentucky’s Agriculture Department had ordered from Italy. The seeds are part of the state’s industrial hemp pilot program. Researchers participating in the program argued that they needed to get the seeds planted before June 1 in order to ensure a strong crop.

The DEA refused to release the seeds, and as a result the state filed a lawsuit on May 14. Eventually, the DEA told the Agriculture Department that it could obtain the seeds if it applied for a controlled-substances import permit and allowed DEA agents to inspect the storage facility.

The department complied, and it is now a registered importer of controlled substances. The license allows up to 130 kilograms of hemp to be imported.

Kentucky had already procured about 100 pounds of hemp seeds from a French supplier before the DEA impounded its latest shipment.

3 comments on “Kentucky Wins Release of Confiscated Hemp Seeds
  1. Aaron on

    Somehow, this doesn’t feel like a victory. In fact, I actually feel quite bitter about this turn of events. The actions and demands of the DEA are simply ludicrous in this situation. I mean, Hemp? a controlled substance? Maybe we should label other inane, useful things under that category; toothpaste maybe? Or perhaps toilet paper? In any case, this sort of ignorance, of which the old guard is positively drowning in, really just pisses me off.

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  2. linda warren on

    This is a great example for social change…DEA is seeing the end of it’s golden era…War on drugs has been a complete failure…Hemp…food fuel fiber…This is the future of energy…drought???farming??? Keep in force on the DEA…Science…FOOLS…They don’t want to learn any new information…Think about the Job-Losses at the DEA…What will all of those agents Do????

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  3. gloria on

    Yes, what the DEA & the atty. general, all the supposedly good doctors in this world, & the “lawmakers”, let alone the Pres., who could fix all this with one stroke of the pen, need to look at is this:
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/21-health-benefits-of-marijuana/ar-AAboNFC?ocid=mailsignout#page=1

    Then they should immediately change the laws, get rid of the out of date, very age old concept that mj is harmful, because it is not, & allow the good docs & scientists to actually study this plant & it’s benefits thoroughly, & give the freedom of choice back to all American people. The big pharma drugs they push on people that actually need mj for their illnesses for the most part, don’t work, & some are actually poison.. The DEA could actually use all the $$ & manpower they now waste, to actually do some good & find real criminals, & get rid of all the truly bad drugs, yes even the big pharma bad drugs, just a joke!

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