Regional
9:13 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Hemp Seeds Will Go Into Kentucky Soil This Week

A legal battle between state and federal agencies has delayed a hemp seed planting in Rockcastle County, Ky.

A group of military veteran farmers will plant one of Kentucky's first hemp crops in decades this week.

The Growing Warriors group had planned to plant hemp seeds last week. After 250 pounds of imported seeds were held in customs by the DEA, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture sued the federal government, and withdrew its support of the Warriors’ planting until the matter could be resolved.

On Friday, federal Judge John Heyburn ruled that the state must apply for a permit to lawfully obtain the seeds, and paved the way for Growing Warriors to obtain individual planting permits.

“I think it’s a victory for everybody," says Michael Lewis, an Army veteran and Rockcastle County farmer who will be among those growing hemp.

Lewis says he plans to obtain a permit early this week to plant his first hemp crop.