KCRA Stockton reports..
A Nevada-based tribe is suing the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, as well as the county’s counsel and the Drug Enforcement Agency, over the removal of 26 acres of what it’s calling industrial hemp.
The Winnemucca tribe rented the property in Stockton to grow what it calls industrial hemp. This kind of cannabis is typically very low in the hallucinogenic chemical THC and was used in the past to make things like rope, clothing and other materials. The tribe claims in the lawsuit that the purpose of the hemp grow is to produce that type of material. Industrial hemp is legal to grow under the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act.
The tribe said in the documents, however, that it contracted with SG Farms, a Marin County-based company, that has had more than five years of experience developing marijuana with very high concentrations of THC, far higher than many other hybrids. The court paperwork states that the THC levels of the grow fell just below the legal level to be declared hemp. The tribe claimed to be growing it for research purposes.
The county told the tribe in August that simple signage and a claim of research were not enough to establish its ability to grow hemp in the county.
Who write…“Cannabis Science Inc., along with other plaintiffs including the Winnemucca Shoshoni tribe of Native Americans and a college identified as “American States University,” claim the county’s actions have cost them about $77 million.”