While Hemp Seeds Held Up, One Farmer Prepares To Plant

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 5/13 6:50 pm
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer urged the DEA and customs to release 250 pounds of seeds.  Comer said if they do not, he will take them to federal court. 

In the meantime, we found one farmer who has seeds. 

Farmers Tuesday prepared a Rockcastle County field.  Friday, they plant. 

"It's pretty amazing.  We're pretty fortunate to be the group that gets to plant this hemp," said Michael Lewis, who will be the first Kentuckian to plant hemp since roughly WWII. 

Originally, Lewis wanted to plant 70 acres.  He only has enough seeds for half an acre.

"We're not growing drugs.  We're trying to grow jobs.  That's the bottom line," said Lewis.

About 70 veterans will come to help plant the crop.  Lewis served in the army. 

"What we do is not help, we empower," said Lewis.

Lewis called hemp a gateway crop: A gateway to jobs and a gateway to civilian life.

Former marine Kevin Lanzi arrived Tuesday from Colorado.

"It's very therapeutic, you can actually see your results, you grow something, plant a seed, watch it grow, have to nurture it, take care of it, the whole responsibility is on you," said Lanzi. 

Lanzi said growing a crop becomes veterans' new mission. 

0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Witnesses Record Standoff In Richmond Saturday Night
Two men saw the standoff in Richmond Saturday night between multiple law enforcement agencies and 29-year-old Jesse Aaron Gibbons, and recorded it. Troopers said Gibbons died on the way to the hospital. Video Video
Judge: Too Late to Sue for Misdiagnosis of HIV
A big court ruling involving a Lexington man who claimed UK doctors mistakenly told him he was HIV positive only to find out nearly a decade later, he wasn’t. Video Video
UPDATE: Suspect Shot To Death By Police Identified
The Fayette County Coroner released the name of the man shot and killed by police after a shootout in Richmond Saturday night. Video Video
UPDATE: Suspect Shot By Police Had Criminal Record
Court documents showed that a suspect killed in a shootout with police had been previously arrested for domestic violence. The Fayette County Coroner said Jesse Gibbons had been shot several times Saturday night before he died. Video Video
Five Arrested In Laurel County Drug Bust
Five people were arrested Saturday morning after deputies found they had drugs in their home. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.