WATCH State officials order hemp that barely failed standard to be burned
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Thousands of dollars worth of hemp will go up in flames Thursday in Lexington.
The Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture has ordered five barrels of industrial hemp that barely missed complying with government standards to be burned.
But the frustrated owners of the hemp say losing the plants will hurt people who depend on them.
Bill Polyniak, president of the Kentucky Cannabis Company, bought the hemp for around $18,000 from Lyndsey Todd, who grew it in greenhouses in Pulaski County.
The hemp - more than 100 pounds in total - tested just above the legal limit of delta-9 THC, the primary intoxicating ingredient in the cannabis plant.
Therefore, KDA officials are required to order it destroyed.
The hemp must be under the legal limit before Polyniak or any other processor can turn it into oils and items people use to treat health issues like seizures in children.
"I find it unimaginable that somebody would want to burn hemp that's helping children," Polyniak said Wednesday. "I can't fathom that."
Todd said, "I'm devastated. It's like a modern-day book burning."