DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of pounds of industrial hemp seeds, bound from Canada to Colorado, have been seized by federal authorities in North Dakota — marking the latest bump along the road to legalization of marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.
The federal Farm Bill, signed into law earlier this year, allows cultivation of hemp under certain circumstances. But importing hemp seeds requires permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Hemp activist Tom McClain said he was carrying 350 pounds of seeds for industrial hemp known as X-59, or Hemp Nut, when border agents stopped him.
The seeds were confiscated Saturday at the crossing near Pembina, North Dakota, after McClain said he declared the seven bags. McClain has not been charged with a crime.
Shawn Neudauer of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the seizure but declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
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