Judge Stops Hemp Planting

1 decade 3 years 5 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
Today in St. Louis they asked federal appeals judges to return the matter to a lower court for consideration. Brothers Alex and Percy White Plume tried three times to grow hemp from 2000 to 2002. They wanted to sell the oil and fibers to make products like building materials and paper. The crops were destroyed by the federal government, and a judge halted the plantings. Their lawyer Bruce Ellison says they were not growing a drug, because the hemp had extremely low levels of the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana. Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Mark Salter says unless the government changes its definition, the crop was marijuana. The White Plumes have not been criminally charged.

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