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U.S. Customs Seize Kentucky-Bound Hemp Seeds

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have seized a batch of hemp seeds heading from Italy to Kentucky's Agriculture Department. As of earlier this year, cultivating hemp—a type of cannabis plant related to marijuana in form but not function—is no longer illegal in the United States, ending a hysterical, decades-long ban on growing this totally non-psychoactive plant. But apparently no one bothered to tell customs? 

After the 2014 farm bill authorized industrial hemp cultivation in the U.S.—albeit only for universities and state agencies to use for research purposes—states where hemp farming had been prohibited began amending their own laws. Thirteen states, including Kentucky, now allow some forms of hemp farming. 

"We changed state law, we changed federal law," Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the Associated Press.

"We did everything in a legally responsible way to bring the hemp industry back to Kentucky. And now the federal government is trying to flex its muscles and block this opportunity, violating its own law in the process."

In an interview Kentucky's WDRB, Corner said "it's been outrageous the federal bureaucratic hoops that we've had to jump through."

The state has eight hemp pilot programs planned already, according to AP, including some dedicated to studying hemp growth and harvesting and some dedicated to the crop's potential as a biofuel and construction material (under certain growing conditions, hemp can be stronger than concrete). The confiscated hemp seeds need to be planted by early June to be viable. If federal customs officials in Louisville don't release the 250-pounds of hemp seed soon—like, within the next 24 hours—the Kentucky Agriculture Department said it will file a lawsuit in federal court.

For a little hemp history, check out this 2012 video from Reason TV: 

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  1. If only the President knew.

  2. And now the federal government is trying to flex its muscles and block this opportunity, violating its own law in the process.

    Fuck you, that’s why.

    1. It’s more like crony capitalism.
      Industrial Hemp competes with hundreds of industries: fuel, lubricants, clothing, paper, food, building materials, explosives, plastics, medicines… It is as Popular Mechanics claimed in 1936: “The Miracle Plant”.

  3. A territorial bureaucracy isn’t following the laws passed or rescinded by the legislature? Who could have predicted this? Who?

    We did everything in a legally responsible way to bring the hemp industry back to Kentucky. And now the federal government is trying to flex its muscles and block this opportunity, violating its own law in the process

    Aww. The bureaucrat is being bureaucrated. And surprise surprise, he doesn’t like it.

    1. Only us little people are supposed to be bureaucrated.

      (Man that sounds really dirty.)

      1. (Man that sounds really dirty.)

        As good an English synonym for schei?e as I’ve ever heard.

        1. Cleveland Lexington steamer.

  4. Kentucky’s not here, man.

  5. How to stop Fuck You That’s Why?

    Sadly, apart from Reason, “mainstream” media outlets don’t give a shit.

    But, these are important:

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    The most popular baby names are …
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    Mom loses 100 lbs. doing this

    WE.
    ARE.
    DOOMED!

    1. Oh, and THIS is CNN’s top story:

      New research shows a major section of west Antarctica’s ice sheet will completely melt in coming centuries and probably raise sea levels higher than previously predicted, revealing another impact from the world’s changing climate.

      1. Oh my god, why did I read the comments.

        Why. Did. I. Read. The. Comments!

        1. Comments like this?

          “I am not a republican because the inequality caused by unregulated capitalism is very dangerous and has proven to never work. It has brought us the two worst recession of the past 100 years. Nonetheless I agree with you, it is the tea party that is denying scientific facts…”

          Bwaahaahaa……..

          1. Or this one:

            timothy44 ? 17 hours ago

            To even begin doing anything, one has to first acknowledge what science knows is the truth.
            Over the next century, I anticipate we will see something along the lines of “The Great Sea Wall of China” as science-believing Chinese (ruled by a capable and powerful government) protect their precious coastal cities and their farmlands.
            But what will America do? If Katrina is anything to go by, the country will drown while politicians bicker, people argue whether gays and abortions are to blame for climate change, oligarchs steal our money, and the rest of the country fight over an increasingly smaller pie.

            1. My God. We might suffer as badly as the 16th Century Dutch!

      2. I’ll admit, I wouldn’t know how to find west Antarctica on a map.

    2. Wait, what are the most popular baby names? I have to know!

  6. And now the federal government is trying to flex its muscles and block this opportunity, violating its own law in the process

    Is utter managerial incompetence an impeachable offense?

    The Campaigner-in-Chief seems to have no control whatsoever over his minions. A CEO would get his chain jerked hard for that, but asking this guy to faithfully execute the duties of his office would be RACIST, I guess.

    1. The out of control bureaucracy is a bonus for presidents. They let them get the bit in their teeth, but in exchange they can still be pointed at enemies or told to go lightly on cronies.

  7. If federal customs officials in Louisville don’t release the 250-pounds of hemp seed soon

    I wonder if the customs officials are familiar with the Gunpowder Incident? Not that the KY governor has the balls to call up the state militia for that purpose.

    1. I would like to see that. Send the about 200 state troopers in full tactical gear to liberate their seeds.

      1. I was thinking KY National Guard, but, yeah, this is more police work.

    2. Isn’t there a freedom loving Senator from Kentucky?

      1. He is a big part of reason the federal law changed to allow states to do the hemp research.

  8. Mom loses 100 lbs. doing this

    She went to work as a hod carrier?

  9. hemp can be stronger than concrete

    SEE?! Today’s pot *is* more potent!

    1. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t get high when I smoke concrete.

      1. It makes my lungs feel heavy.

  10. “Hemp lube.” Is there a more perfect sentence in the English language?

    1. Is there a more perfect sentence in the English language?

      “Impeachment Passes on Party-Line Vote”?

    2. …Every sentence, since that isn’t one?

    3. “I’m pregnant.”

      No, wait.

      “I’m *not* pregnant.”

      That’s a pretty awesome sentence.

  11. albeit only for universities and state agencies to use for research purposes

    So it’s still pretty retarded.

  12. Is it possible that poor drafting of the ostensibly permission-giving statute has left the requirements for DEA licensure intact?

  13. This is your government on a power trip.
    The petro-chemical industry has been at war with industrial hemp since the 1930’s when DuPont bought all the patents where similar, cheaper and safer hemp alternatives competed.
    The whole sorted history is explained in detail: Jack Herer, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Empe…..Conspiracy

  14. Customs didn’t do anything. There was a person who was presented with the import paperwork. He made a decision. His bosses are backing him so far. They have names too. We don’t know any of that and so there is no personal responsibility.

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