Ag Commissioner Frustrated with Hemp Situation

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The battle to get hemp seeds into Kentucky continues.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer doesn't know why the DEA and federal government is holding onto the hemp seeds.

Comer filed suit in federal court Wednesday, and is very frustrated with the situation.

"They're letting Colorado grow marijuana which I think is bad, but they're not letting Kentucky research universities do research on hemp which is not a drug. It's an agriculture crop. Congress has passed legislation to allow the research universities to do that," said Comer.

Both the federal and state legislatures have passed laws making this legal.

Comer just found out Thursday, the suit he filed yesterday is moving fast. He will have a hearing in Louisville Friday regarding the issue.

He says if the hemp isn't planted by early June, there's a good chance there won't be a crop this year. One planting has already been postponed.

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