Hemp seed headed for a Cocke County farmer is traveling North America right after being turned down in Memphis.
Charles Mason and his son Chuck have been granted agreement to develop Sixty acres of hemp on their own farm in Cocke County – among the initial farmers in Tn to try and make the crop in Six decades.
Mason claimed the seed was to have been delivered weeks ago, however had been turned down at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Memphis and had to be shipped again from Canada.
The particular mix-up was caused by a shipping mistake, stated Corinne Gould, a spokeswoman for the Tn Department of Farming, that is dealing with the state’s commercial hemp pilot program.
“After (the seed) was sent to Memphis, FedEx confirmed there’s a policy that prevents shipping of marijuana. The seeds was sent back to Canada, but has since returned to Nashville via UPS,” she claimed.
The seeds are once again on the road and awaiting a 2nd round of customs approval, but needs to arrive here by next week for a effective crop, Mason mentioned, because it takes about 4 months to cultivate a crop and plants may risk freezing weather otherwise.
FedEx could not be immediately reached for comment.
Other farmers have already acquired their seed.
Washington County farmers Wayne Smith and also Walt Heber planted 1 acre of hemp at the begining of June. The plan would be to collect seeds from the crop to press for hemp oil, which is marketed at farmers’ markets, Smith instructed writer Nathan Baker of the Johnson City Press.
Fity Three individuals and businesses over the state, which includes 7 from East Tennessee, originally applied for permits to grow the extremely controlled crop. Due to setbacks importing seeds, the department offered to let candidates withdraw and refunded their fees; some producers accepted. Forty-six of the original applicants are slated to receive seeds. 2 others obtained licenses, but have opted not to plant a crop this year.
Careful count has been kept of the seeds each and every farmer will get and will be in comparison with the amount of plants developed. The crops will also be susceptible to testing for levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in its relative, marijuana.