Pine Ridge man wants to begin growing industrial hemp again

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Alex White Plume planted industrial hemp on his Pine Ridge farm more than a decade ago, but never harvested a crop. Now, he says it's time to grow again.

White Plume, an Oglala Sioux tribal member, wants to grow hemp again on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation thanks to guidelines laid out by the federal Department of Justice in December allowing tribes to decide whether to grow and sell marijuana, reported South Dakota Public Broadcasting ( ).

In 1998, the Oglala Sioux Tribe legalized the production of hemp and the White Plume family began growing the plant on the reservation from 2000 to 2002. But federal agents eventually conducted raids and cut down the plants because U.S. law considers hemp, a cousin of marijuana, to be a drug even though it contains only a trace of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a banned substance also found...

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