Hemp farmers sue South Carolina processor, allege crops were ruined

Former Clemson University football coach Danny Ford is among five farmers suing a South Carolina hemp processing company, alleging the processor mishandled and ruined their crops.

Ford and Tom Garrison, both Anderson County residents, were among the first 20 farmers given license to participate in South Carolina’s 2018 industrial hemp pilot program.

Ford and Garrison allege that David Bulick, owner of Charleston Hemp Co. and
Carolina Botanical Genetics, negligently extracted and processed their hemp, which resulted in the plants “being rendered useless,” the lawsuit states.

Three other farmers in Alabama are also part of the lawsuit against Bulick, accusing him of selling them hempseeds that were “inadequate, contaminated, deficient, and/or otherwise nonviable,” according to the lawsuit.

Bulick’s attorney, E. Merritt Farmer Jr., to The State Thursday that Bulick “vigorously denies all of the allegations made in what appears to be a frivolous lawsuit.”

Kyle J. White, who represents the farmers, said they “believe that accountability is important, particularly in relatively new industries like the South Carolina hemp industry, and we will look forward to pursuing accountability at a jury trial when the time comes.”

2 comments on “Hemp farmers sue South Carolina processor, allege crops were ruined
  1. Derrick Underwood on

    There is way more to this case than being let on. You can’t be completely ignorant when it comes to farming any crop and then when you screw it up royally, blame the processor and genetics people. Also, when you pull your plants and stick them directly into a wood chipper and the mulch is blown into supersacs, without drying, the shit is going to mold, day one hemp farming knowledge! Also, when multiple processors refuse to run your biomass because it has so many chemicals in it, you can’t blame anyone but your dumbass self.

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