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      Feds release hemp seeds to Kentucky officials

      Close-up of a hemp plant, Photo Credit Unified Collective
      FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A nearly 300-pound shipment of hemp seeds detained by federal officials for two weeks has been delivered to Kentucky's Agriculture Department.The seeds that spurred a legal fight are expected to be planted in Kentucky soil in the coming days for research projects.The seed from Italy arrived on a UPS truck Friday at the department's office in Frankfort.Holly Harris VonLuehrte, chief of staff to state agriculture commissioner James Comer, says the seeds will be divided into batches for pilot projects around the state. Six universities are helping with the research.The seeds were sprung from confinement after federal drug officials approved a permit Thursday, ending the standoff. The state agriculture department sued the federal government after the shipment was stopped by U.S. Customs in Louisville earlier this month.Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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