Rural Blog: DEA targets opioid abuse in Appalachia with new Louisville office to handle Ky., Tenn., W.Va.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1. Louisville already has a district office, one of 222 across the country, but it and the rest of Kentucky were part of the Detroit division, while West Virginia was part of the Washington, D.C., division and Tennessee was part of the Atlanta division. DEA...

Rural Blog: DEA investigators say officials hampered attempts to slow rise of opioids

Drug ­Enforcement Administration investigators say attempts to staunch the rise of opioids were derailed by interference from higher ups, Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham report for The Washington Post. When DEA 10 years ago “began to target wholesale companies that distributed hundreds of millions of highly addictive pills to the corrupt pharmacies and pill mills that illegally sold the drugs...

Kentucky closer to getting hemp seeds; commission adopts rules for hemp programs

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has made progress in its efforts to complete delivery of a shipment of hemp seeds being held by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, KDA officials reported to the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission.   “We’ve come a long way, and I believe we are on the verge of making history,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the panel in his Frankfort...

Kentucky leaders seek clarification of U.S. government’s position on industrial hemp

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, several Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.   “The federal government has said it will respect state laws regarding marijuana cultivation and sales, so we feel that hemp should be treated...