Nevada’s capital city is facing a lawsuit from a hemp cultivator blocked from growing the crop on about 100 acres of city-owned property.
Carson City officials said some of the land was purchased with money obtained under a state land grant that prohibits any use of the property other than ranching or preserving open space, cultural or wildlife resources.
Tahoe Hemp is arguing that:
- The previous owner of the property maintained agricultural rights on the land when the city purchased it.
- Under the existing agricultural rights, it should be allowed to grow plants.
The state agriculture department requested authorization in 2019 from Carson City to move forward with a permit to cultivate on the property, but instead, the city sent Tahoe Hemp a cease-and-desist order in November.
The hemp company is seeking $15 million in damages and lawyer fees.
– Associated Press