The Farmington Daily Times reports

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is suing Shiprock resident Dineh Benally and two businesses, alleging they are growing and marketing industrial hemp on the Navajo Nation.

The lawsuit was announced in a press release from the department, stating it was filed on June 11 in the Shiprock Judicial District court.

According to the press release, Benally, along with the Native American Agriculture Company and the Navajo Gold Company, have been growing, producing, manufacturing, transporting, licensing and selling industrial hemp on tribal land.

The department also alleges the parties were unlawfully issuing land use permits to foreign entities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp. Such activities are illegal on tribal land, the release states.

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