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Judge Nixes Feds’ Attempt to Test Hemp for THC in Lawsuit

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By Jake Zuckerman The Meadville Tribune

A federal judge threw out a motion Wednesday in the federal government’s lawsuit against a Mason County hemp farm that a defense attorney said “reeks of desperation.”

In a memorandum opinion and order, U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers nixed a request from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart and his legal team seeking to test the THC content of the defendant’s hemp, which is now a legal product under state and federal laws.

“Upon consideration, the Court finds that, since this action was filed in September, the United States has never directly challenged the THC level in the plants until now,” Chambers wrote.

Last week, Chambers issued an opinion stating that he had “become increasingly doubtful of the government’s case on the merits” and dissolved an injunction that prevented the farmers from transporting or selling the hemp.

Research scientist Margolite Cesar prepares a mass spectrometer used to test the THC levels of hemp at a West Virginia Department of Agriculture testing facility, in Charleston, Wednesday. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers denied a request from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart to test the THC content of hemp produced by a Mason County farm at the center of a federal lawsuit. The Department of Agriculture, which regulates the sale of hemp in the state, completed testing on the defendants’ product Wednesday.
KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail/

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