Hemp seeds being divided, planted for research after release


by WHAS11


Posted on May 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 11:18 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11)—The hemp seeds that were held by Customs in Louisville are now being planted into the ground.

Those seeds were detained for two weeks before Ag. Commissioner James Comer filed a lawsuit in Federal Court for the seeds to be released.

During a hearing between the Ag. Department and federal agencies with Judge Heyburn, they came to an agreement that the Commonwealth needed to get an import permit.

“The University of Kentucky’s pilot program will help us recover much of the knowledge about industrial hemp production that has been lost since hemp was last grown in Kentucky,” Comer said.

The state immediately filed the paperwork for the permit and then the seeds were released.

The 250 pounds of seeds will be divided up amongst the research universities participating in the pilot program.

"This is the first time since WWII that hemp has been planted in Kentucky - so that's certainly significant, but beyond that it's significant because it's the first time that cannabis of any sort of any variety has been planted legally under federal anywhere in America," James Higdon
member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission said.

On Tuesday the University of Kentucky began planting the seeds at their Spindletop Farm.

“I’m grateful to UK and the other institutions that are participating in the hemp pilot programs. With their help, we will bring industrial hemp back to Kentucky and with it new jobs and new farm income,” Comer said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated UK and the Ag. Department on Twitter for the seeds being planted.