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Why Kentucky is fighting for hemp in federal court
Why Kentucky is fighting for hemp in federal court

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is suing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal authorities in a fight over hemp seeds. Here's a look at why officials who had planned to be at a farm Friday will instead be in a courtroom. What is hemp? On the plant that makes the marijuana flower, hemp is the portion that contains only tiny amounts of the psychoactive chemical compound THC, which fuels the “high” of the popular drug. Farmers have harvested hemp to weave cloth from its fibers and make food from its seeds. But those farmers have had to do their digging outside the U.S. since the country outlawed marijuana and its cousins in 1937 during the...

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