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.
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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.