Hemp Regulations Approved by Ky. Commission

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By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's industrial hemp commission has approved regulations setting guidelines for hemp-growing projects stalled by a legal fight.

The regulations drafted by the state Agriculture Department are meant to oversee test research plots of the long-banned crop.

Those guidelines approved Tuesday now go to Gov. Steve Beshear for his review.

Kentucky's hemp pilot projects have been slowed by the holdup of seeds. A 250-pound shipment of imported seeds was seized by U.S. customs officials, leading the state's Agriculture Department to sue the federal government.

The two sides are scheduled to meet for a second time with a federal judge on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, state agriculture officials have applied for an import permit aimed at freeing up the seeds.

Eight pilot projects are planned in Kentucky, with six universities helping with research.

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