Judge Dismisses Menominee Hemp Lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration over raids that destroyed industrial hemp crop on tribal land.

In his 19-page decision, U.S. District Judge William Griesbach dismissed the tribe's request for a preemptive ruling that the College of the Menominee Nation's industrial hemp crop was being legally grown and federal agents could not seize it. The DEA led a raid of the college's hemp operation last fall and destroyed the plants, which tribal officials said cost the tribe millions of dollars.

Industrial hemp has a minuscule concentration of THC, the active chemical in marijuana, but it has myriad commercial uses from hemp oil for health and beauty products to hemp fiber for boards and a hemp-based concrete. The tribe wants to explore the cultivation of hemp as a way to boost its struggling economy.

Federal law allows cultivation of hemp...

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