In what could be termed as homecoming for hemp seeds in Kentucky, the state agriculture department and the federal government have come to an agreement on import of these industrial seeds in the state.
The agreement between Fed and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was reached on Friday after the later agreed to drop a legal case filed in May over the acquisition of the hemp seeds.
According to the sources, the federal government has agreed that Kentucky’s process will control the cultivation and marketing of hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of Marijuana.
Following the deal, the agriculture department will now file an application before the federal government seeking its permission for importing hemp seeds. Under the agreement, the fed will expedite the process for Kentucky’s plea and grant its approval for hemp seeds import at the earliest.
“What we’ve learned is it will grow well in Kentucky. It yields a lot per acre. All the things that we predicted,” state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said.
In May, the Kentucky agriculture department has filed a lawsuit against several government agencies after the US customs officials detained the hemp seeds that were supposed to be imported to Kentucky in Louisville. The seeds were later distributed to private farmers and agricultural universities following their release in late May.
Since the release, several test plots have shown the hemp seeds to be hardy and fast growing. Experts say it has the potential to make easy money as it has several remarkable range of traditional uses including hemp milk, mulch, clothing, cooking oil, lotions and soap.
The roots of hemp seeds in Kentucky date back to pioneer days as it was also once a staple at many farms.
Cultivation of hemp, a kind of marijuana, without the permission of a federal agency was banned in 1970. According to the experts, both hemp and marijuana belong to the same species, Cannabis sativa. Hemp, however, contains a negligible amount of psychoactive compound THC.