7:20 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Six Months After Legislation, Obstacles Stand in Way of Cannabis Oil Trials in Kentucky

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More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them.

  Kosair Children’s Hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Director Karen Skjei said she is waiting on FDA approval for the trials. One potential obstacle is if the agency requires trials with animals before testing the treatment for people.

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6:44 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Kentucky's First Legal Hemp Crop in Decades Harvested at UK Research Farm

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For the first time in decades, hemp has been legally harvested from Kentucky soil. The cutting of the test plot happened Tuesday on a University of Kentucky farm.

Hemp researchers planted the pilot crop in May as part of the state's examination into reintroducing the fiber-rich plant in Kentucky.

The hemp seeds didn't go into the ground easily. The federal government held the seeds at the Louisville airport for a week before releasing them to researchers.

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9:23 am
Fri May 30, 2014

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. — It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.

“The important thing is that this is an industry that has to be built from the ground up," says Michael Lewis, an Army vet turned agrarian advocate. 

"There is no infrastructure. Guess what that takes? Jobs.”

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5:31 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Hemp Seeds Can Be Released to Kentucky Ag Department With a Permit, Judge Rules

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A federal judge ruled Friday that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will need to apply for a permit in order to get possession of 250 pounds of hemp seeds from U.S. Customs.

The seeds have been stalled in Louisville since arriving from Italy last week. DEA officials have claimed the seeds are classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, but the state argues their importation is legal under the recently-enacted farm bill.

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5:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

James Comer Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seed Seizure

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week. 

The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but  Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.

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4:14 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Says DEA Will Issue Permit for Hemp Seeds, Avoiding Court Action

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Update: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has told the Herald-Leader that the Drug Enforcement Administration will release the hemp seeds. Comer expects a permit to be issued for the release of the seeds by the end of the week, the Lexington newspaper reported.

Earlier: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to federal court to force the release of 250 pounds of hemp seeds.

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3:49 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

250 Pounds of Hemp Seeds Arrive in Louisville—But Customs Officials Are Leery

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A shipment of hemp seeds from Italy has made it to Kentucky—but there’s a problem. U.S. Customs officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the 250 pound shipment to the state Agriculture Department.

While Kentucky law was recently changed to allow the growing of hemp for university-run research projects, federal customs officials are still leery of signing off on the seed shipments.

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4:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

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A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.

State Sen. Julie Denton says that the cannabidiol found in strains of cannabis oil can save lives.

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4:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Officials Send Letter to DEA Urging Hemp Legalization

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A group of Kentucky officials have sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for clarity on a state law that would permit the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer drafted the letter, which was co-signed by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth, as well as Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission chairman Brian Furnish. 

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7:59 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Rand Paul Shoots Down Kentucky Attorney General Opinion on Hemp Production

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., disagrees with Attorney General Jack Conway's opinion that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.

Earlier this year state lawmakers passed a bill allowing farmers to grow the crop if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban. 

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