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Hemp regulations approved by Ky. commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky's Industrial Hemp Commission has approved regulations for hemp-growing projects.

The commission unanimously approved guidelines that will oversee pilot programs for industrial hemp.

"We have to get these seeds in the ground," said James Comer, Agriculture Commissioner.

The regulations will now be reviewed by the Governor.

A 250-pound shipment of imported seeds was seized by U.S. customs officials, leading the state's Agriculture Department to sue the federal government.

Comer says the DEA visited the state's facilities Tuesday morning. He feels they are comfortable with Kentucky's pilot program.

"They were impressed with our facilities, our professionalism, and our understanding of the law," explained Comer.

The two sides are scheduled to meet with a federal judge on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, state agriculture officials have applied for an import permit aimed at freeing up the seeds.

Eight pilot projects are planned in Kentucky, with six universities helping with research.


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