A week ago some alert local cops in Pawhuska, OK thought they busted a major crime syndicate. An entire semi trailer full of bundled green plant material was uncovered.
The four individuals traveling in the semi and a van were taken into custody, declaring their innocence the whole time. They explained that industrial hemp is not a federally controlled substance.
Industrial Hemp never should have been banned more than 50 years ago; but it was. And the only reason that makes any sense is that it's easily confused with a similar cannabis strain known as Marijuana.
So now the rural cops are living down to an unflattering stereotype. But the four men are still facing charges.
The plant is harvested for it's CBD oil and fiber. The CBD oil has less than the federally legal trace amounts of THC. But it's still effective for many medical conditions.
The Colorado company is screaming foul at Oklahoma law enforcement for violating interstate commerce laws and the Uniform Commercial Code.
Colorado News Media Is not at all sympathetic to Oklahoma law enforcement for their ignorance. Citizens have been continuously lectured that "ignorance of the law is no excuse". But this time it's Oklahoma cops who are demonstrating the gross ignorance. Read the Colorado media perspective.
Nigel manages the medical research and drug policy topics at SoonerPolitics. He comes to Oklahoma with an international perspective and a background in homeopathic herbs and agrarian culture.