Washington’s hemp coordinator says she’s optimistic growers will plant the crop next year, though obtaining seeds depends on approval from a federal drug enforcement agency that still classifies hemp on a par with heroin.

The state Department of Agriculture has applied to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for permission to import hemp seeds, a federally controlled substance.

Emily Febles, who was hired by WSDA to oversee the hemp program, said Monday that she expects federal agents will inspect the department to see that it has a secure place to store the seeds, but that she doesn’t know when the DEA will give its approval.

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