LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An official in the Kentucky Agriculture Department says the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has approved an import permit for hemp seeds.
Holly Harris VonLuehrte (VON' LUHR'-dee), chief of staff to Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says state officials have been told they will be given the hemp seed immediately after obtaining the permit.
Kentucky's pilot hemp projects were put on hold after a 250-pound shipment of imported seeds was seized by U.S. customs officials in Louisville earlier this month, prompting the state's Agriculture Department to sue the federal government.
The two sides are scheduled to meet with a federal judge on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Kentucky's industrial hemp commission approved regulations setting guidelines for hemp-growing research projects meant to reintroduce the crop.