LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—Customs at the Louisville International Airport has seized hemp seeds meant for the pilot projects in the Commonwealth.
About 250 pounds of the seeds are being “held hostage” said a spokesperson for Ky. Ag. Commissioner James Comer.
Six universities, including the University of Louisville, are set to grow industrial hemp with the seeds being held by Customs.
Comer and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are preparing to go to Federal Court to get the seeds released.
The first of the pilot projects is set to be launched next week by “Homegrow Heros”-- a group of military veterans.
Comer said Kentucky Senators and Congressmen are working to get the other seeds released.
The hemp plants could be used for fibers, oil or eventually to make automobile parts.
The seeds currently being held by Customs are from Italy.
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