As states liberalize their marijuana laws in various ways the feds stand firm against it, creating another epic fight over state’s rights, one the states might just win in the long run if changing public opinion plays a role (soon, medical marijuana will be legal in 19 states).
Kentucky is now taking on the DEA for confiscating its hemp seeds:
Kentucky officials say the Drug Enforcement Administration is breaking the law in an attempt to illegally ruin the state’s industrial hemp pilot program.
The Bluegrass State legalized industrial hemp in 2013 and the federal farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February allows states to grow it for research.
Industrial hemp superficially resembles marijuana, but has much lower concentrations of psychoactive THC. It’s been used for centuries for making rope, clothes and other items, but growing it was illegal for decades in the U.S.
Earlier this month, the DEA seized 250 pounds of hemp seeds en route to the University of Kentucky from Italy. The package was first flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.” — U.S. News & World Report