A truck driver whose identity will remain anonymous was arrested in July while transporting legal hemp from Colorado to Minnesota. He was charged with owning marijuana with the intent of dispensing it. The arrest happened in South Dakota, and the still young Minnesota Hemp Association demanded the driver walk free.
The 2018 DFL congressional candidate, Joe Radinovich, commented on the issue. He stated that the situation brought to light the inaccuracy of the laws regarding growing, distributing, and selling of hemp. Radinovich added that the way the truck driver had been treated wasn’t in accord with federal law. The arrest and confiscation of hemp directly break the farm bill.
The 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, signed by President Trump, allowed for sale, processing, and growing of hemp. The only condition was for it not to contain tetrahydrocannabinol, abbreviated to THC. The banned substance is what gives those using marijuana the “high.”
MHA officials claim they expect any charges to be dropped as well as more clarity around legislation regarding hemp. Their goal is for those legally working in the hemp industry not to have to fear that they’ll get in a legal mess without a basis. They added that they’d like to see hemp legalization in the Mt. Rushmore state.
The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, prevented hemp from being legalized with a veto this year. She claims that she wishes for more clarity and worries about state-enforcement spending regarding legal cannabinoids.
The South Dakota authorities have stayed silent regarding the arrest. We remain hopeful the issue will be resolved as soon as possible.