A Texas judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on blocking a ban on smokable hemp.
Travis County Judge Lora Livingston last month granted a temporary restraining order to a group of hemp producers challenging a rule enacted by state health authorities that blocks the manufacture and sale of smokable hemp products.
The judge will now decide on a temporary injunction that would extend that ban until the case is resolved.
The Texas dispute is the first attempt to challenge a smokable hemp ban through state courts, rather than the federal judiciary.
A lawsuit challenging a similar ban in Indiana is pending in that state’s federal system.
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