Well, here we go with another semi trailer load of interstate commodity transport being detained in Oklahoma.
This time it was a highway weigh station in Sequoyah County, not far from Arkansas. The first headlines came out of Fort Smith Arkansas, which declared it a big marijuana interdiction.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission oversees the weigh stations. They seem to have had probable cause, according to the narrative of the officers. The paperwork seemed odd and non-compliant. Then a drug dog came in and acted like it recognized that cannabis aroma. In times past, that would have been cause for detaining at least the suspected contraband.
But this time there was an exercise of prudence, which we didn't see in Pawhuska, Ok; last January.
Cherokee County D.A., Jack Thorp demonstrated that discretion is the better part of valor. Realizing that interference of interstate transport of legal farm commodities may trigger a federal lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma, he deferred the matter to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and sent the truck driver on his way with his payload (minus some samples which were secured and will be presented to the DEA.
Jack Thorp was determined to avoid the mistakes of the DA in Osage County. In That case, DA Mike Fisher locked up all 4 individuals and impounded the entire payload plus the vehicles. He plans to prosecute 2 of them with up to a life sentence. Fisher and the Pawhuska police boasted "The largest Marijuana Bust in Oklahoma History".
Legal experts condemn Fisher for treating any suspected non-compliant industrial hemp as federally-banned marijuana, even though the two plants are different distinct subspecies. Industrial Hemp cannot cause a psychologically altered state when smoked. That's because even the most radically noncompliant strains would only have about 5% of the potency of today's medical marijuana products. A person would become more 'buzzed' by refinishing furniture in a poorly vented workshop. Marijuana is not physically addictive, but DEA propaganda of decades past have often stated that it was.
This hemp is the raw material used in creating over-the-counter CBD oil products.
Marijuana Dogs will either have to be retrained to distinguish legal HEmp from contraband Marijuana strains, or else discredited as evidence 'experts'.
Health experts all generally agree that Oklahoma's legal liquor industry is a far greater threat to health & public safety than even the most potent cannabis strains used in medical marijuana treatment.