PRESTON, Minn. — The criminal case against Lanesboro, Minn., hemp farmer Luis “Lulu Magoo” Hummel has been dismissed. Reports The Duluth News Tribune

“essential witnesses will be unavailable to testify at trial.”

The criminal complaint, which charged Hummel with felony fifth-degree drug sales, felony possession of a controlled substance and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession, was filed in Fillmore County District Court in June 2019. The jury trial was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was postponed multiple times because of the pandemic.

The charges came after products derived from hemp on Hummel’s farm were seized in a March 2019 traffic stop and tested above the acceptable 0.3% threshold for THC content. Hummel was not in the car at the time of the stop, but the products came from hemp he was licensed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to sell.

In the notice of dismissal dated Dec. 4, Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson wrote that one or more “essential witnesses will be unavailable to testify at trial.”

“With the case being delayed for quite some time, (some witnesses) are just no longer available,” Corson said. “That makes it pretty difficult to proceed to trial, so that’s really what it came down to.”