— • Earlier this year, the federal government legalized the cultivation of hemp — a variety of the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive properties — by colleges and state agricultural agencies. But no one bothered to tell U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or maybe they just don’t care. The agency recently seized hemp seeds that were being shipped from Italy to the Kentucky Agriculture Department. Kentucky officials say they have tried to tell the feds they are breaking the law, but they have refused to release the seeds.
Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.