Oregon hemp grower loses search-warrant challenge

An Oregon hemp producer seeking $2.5 million in damages after its warehouse was raided by authorities looking for illegal marijuana suffered a big setback in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke ruled that the search warrant used when authorities raided Oregonized Hemp Co., a farm and farm service contracting business, was valid.

The Grants Pass-based hemp company had argued that authorities from Josephine and Jackson counties was carried out improperly.

According to the (Medford, Oregon) Mail Tribune, the judge conceded that the company and its owner are “understandably frustrated with the actions of law enforcement in this case,” but he said the search was constitutional.

Clarke did note that Oregonized “suffered a large economic loss due to the destruction of their industrial hemp, which law enforcement misidentified as marijuana.”

The judge gave Oregonized time to file an amended complaint based on his ruling about the search warrant.

One comment on “Oregon hemp grower loses search-warrant challenge
  1. YearofAction on

    It is unjust that cannabis is considered to be illegal marijuana until it is proved to be legal hemp. The meaning of marijuana should be clearly defined at the Federal level with controls that respect the original intent, common sense, context, and promise of the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, and 14th Amendments, like this:

    The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

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