Hemp seeds planted in Kentucky following dispute

May 27, 2014

Hemp has turned into a legitimate test crop in Kentucky after a legal battle over imported seeds.

Researchers are planting seeds to start gauging the potential for the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.

University of Kentucky agronomy researchers planted a small plot Tuesday in central Kentucky.

The seeds were part of a shipment released after a legal standoff between Kentucky's Agriculture Department and the .

Another test hemp plot affiliated with Murray State University in western Kentucky has also been planted.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the research will eventually lead to new jobs and farm income.

The new federal farm bill allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp pilot projects for research in states that allow hemp growing. Kentucky is at the forefront of the comeback.

Explore further: Coated seeds could encourage an early start for spring planting

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not rated yet May 27, 2014
It isn't a "cousin"; it is the same species of Cannabis, just a cultivar that does not have a high THC content.
not rated yet May 27, 2014
Genus: Cannabis
Cannabis sativa Linnaeus
Cannabis indica Lamarck
Cannabis ruderalis Janisch

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