The feds have finally released Kentucky's hemp seed shipment from captivity on Thursday after the state's agricultural department obtained a special permit allowing them to proceed with their cultivation endeavors.
Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has stated that the seed shipment is expected to arrive in The Bluegrass State by this afternoon. He went on to say that the state's first rows will be hoed as soon as this weekend.
"This is a historic day," Commissioner Comer declared. "We've done something that no one thought we could do a year-and-a-half ago. We legalized industrial hemp and we've proven that it's an agricultural crop and not a drug."
Well, technically it can be used for medicinal purposes, but I'll let that one slide.
Commissioner Comer feels that the shipment shouldn't have ever been delayed.
"There was no sense in this," Comer avowed.
Not to mention the fact that the freshly-enacted federal farm bill permits states to plant pilot hemp projects.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who met with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart on Wednesday in order to persuade her agency to release the shipment, said that he is hopeful that the issued permit is the last federal hoop that Kentucky has to jump through before planting their plots.
"It was the intent of my provision in the farm bill to allow states' departments of agriculture and universities to explore the commercial use of industrial hemp as a means for job creation and economic development," McConnell explained.