Kentucky plants a landmark crop

Members of the local media record a hemp planting at the University of Kentucky Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington, Ky. (Matt Barton / University of Kentucky College of Agriculture)

The week after a quick legal battle came to an end, Kentucky researchers sank hemp seeds into the earth and began an anxious wait for green sprouts to surface as part of the state’s first legal crop of cannabis since the World War II era.

The state-sponsored planting of hemp Tuesday at a University of Kentucky farm was the second of seven expected to take place before the end of the month.

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