- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Police say a Harrodsburg man stole hemp plants from a legal grower and then parked a pickup truck full of the plant at a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Boyle County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Derek Robbins tells local media that 27-year-old Timothy J. Preston probably mistook the hemp for marijuana. Hemp has a low level of THC, the psychoactive property of marijuana.

Authorities say Preston’s vehicle, its truck bed filled with hemp, was spotted at a Danville Wal-Mart on Tuesday. Preston was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, possession for sale of a simulated controlled substance, and trespassing.

Robbins says the hemp came from a northern Boyle County farm, one of 121 in the state selected to be part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

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