DEA Stands Down: Allows Kentucky To Go Forward With Hemp Planting

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 23, 2014

    The Drug Enforcement Agency is permitting Kentucky farmers to go forward with plans to engage in the state-sponsored cultivation of industrial hemp.

    According to the Associated Press, representatives from the federal anti-drug agency late Thursday granted Kentucky regulators permission to import an estimated 250 pounds of hemp seeds.

    The agency had previously confiscated the seeds, which Kentucky officials had ordered from Italy. In response, Kentucky’s Agriculture Department sued the agency last week.

    After two federal hearings, as well as a face-to-face meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), DEA officials on agreed to authorize the shipment of hemp seeds to go forward — ending the approximately month-long standoff. Kentucky’s first modern hemp planting may occur as soon as this weekend, the Associated Press reports.

    In February, members of Congress approved language (Section 7606) in the omnibus federal farm bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Since then, five states — Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah — have enacted legislation authorizing state-sponsored hemp cultivation. (Similar legislation is pending in Illinois and South Carolina.)

    Kentucky lawmakers initially approve legislation regulating hemp production in 2013.

    According to a 2013 white paper authored by the Congressional Research Service, a “commercial hemp industry in the United States could provide opportunities as an economically viable alternative crop for some US growers.”

    65 Responses to “DEA Stands Down: Allows Kentucky To Go Forward With Hemp Planting”

    1. david says:

      LETS ALL help to get pot legal to grow in ky.I need it for my meds,

    2. A. says:

      Talk about wasting a lot of money over nothing. Legalize it.

    3. OH says:

      Take that prohibitionists.
      You couldn’t even prevent farmers in Kentucky from making a living off industrial hemp.

    4. anne says:

      Hi Mexweed:
      I just read your post ! Thanks for the info !!
      (I copied your post for my personal files !!!)
      Thanks again ! Comment: I was reading on a website about how a province in “China” is “recreating the Hemp paper making business”
      The guy uses “hemp stalks: boils them and somehow creates paper; the uses for Hemp are great; I appreciate the “Pipe(s) information:
      (U wrote: “This could take the form of “extended docklands” out from the land with a channel here and there to let boats through… my thoughts exactly !
      Summary: Nature already holds all the answers; only a matter of “us understanding”; every day people are getting more into Nature…this is our best Hope…Luv + hugs AR
      Hope to meet you and other posters sometime! @

      annroc2004@sbcglobal.net if in Conn. email me

    5. Anne says:

      To Leonard:
      You might find some info on this website:

      Practical Challenges to Positive Drug Tests for Marijuana
      Mahmoud A. ElSohly (copy and pate). Thank-you.

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