Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Officials progress on hemp stalemate

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Attorneys summoned before a federal judge made headway Friday toward ending a stalemate over a detained shipment of hemp seeds that spurred the Kentucky Agriculture Department to sue the federal government, a top department official said.

Discussions presided over by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II didn't resolve the dispute over the 250 pounds of seeds from Italy meant to be planted as part of test projects to gauge the crop's viability. The seeds are still being detained by U.S. customs officials in Louisville.

Holly Harris VonLuehrte, chief of staff to Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, said she was encouraged by the conference and said the state agency planned to go through a registration process to obtain an import permit that would free up the seeds.

"We're going to, I think, sit down with the DEA and get this worked out," she told reporters afterward.

Defendants in the lawsuit filed this week include the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Attorney General Eric Holder.

DEA proposed the permitting process in earlier discussions with the state's agriculture officials, the Justice Department said in a statement.

"The DEA will continue to work with state officials so the state can lawfully obtain the seeds," the statement said.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 06759d27f71e455f9fe2487ec209562d
Top Classifieds
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Cocker Spaniel Pup - AKC (270)476-258 ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in plasti ... Details
  • Pride Lift Chair Like new, $500 270- ... Details
  • Mature Professional Seeks to rent hou ... Details
  • Hummel Figurines & Plates, Carniv ... Details
  • Pride lift chair, excellent working c ... Details
  • Cash for farms & gold (270)339-8 ... Details
  • RUNNING, fixable, junk vehicles, equi ... Details
  • 4010 Maxon Rd. 1.33 Acres, 4 BD. 3.5 ... Details
  • 185 AC. ESTATE Rolling hills, l ... Details
  • 16x80 2 bd., 2 b, Call for info. $17 ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • 2000 Dutchman 20 ft Pop-up Camper. Ve ... Details
  • FOR SALE: 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV 4 ... Details
  • Ford Mustang '04 V6 78k $4,900 2 ... Details
  • FOR SALE: 1993 Honda GL1500AP Goldwin ... Details
  • JOE'S BACKHOE SERVICE Install &a ... Details
This Week In Photos
Most Popular
  1. Tilghman unable to stop Bruin run attack
  2. On television
  3. Correction
  1. Stock market ends turbulent week on more placid note
  2. Police limiting I-24 traffic today
  3. Quilts of Valor exhibit honors veterans
  1. Tilghman unable to stop Bruin run attack
  2. On television
  3. Correction
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...