This morning the Brooklyn District Attorney's office dropped all six felony drug-trafficking charges against the owners of Green Angel CBD after determining the contents of the "drug shipment" were actually completely legal hemp with .06% THC content. As of now the NYPD is still holding possession of the 106 lbs. of hemp that was confiscated from the company. The owners of the hemp flower intend to file lawsuits in order to recoup their lost revenues and compensate them for damages.
Finally! This is what we knew would happen all along considering that it is 100% legal both at the federal and at the state level. It's pretty frustrating the level of confusion and contradiction that still persists amongst regulators, law enforcement, and consumers. Hemp is 100% legal and is classified (and should be treated) like any other agricultural crop. However regulators and law enforcers who have so long viewed it just like other schedule I substances are slow to catch up with the current state of regulations. As of right now it would be like stopping a shipment of 100 lbs. of tomatoes and charging their owners with felonies. We feel for this company and their owners as they deal with this nightmare of litigation including all the stress and costs associated as their life, liberty, and property hang in the balance. We patiently wait to see if this company is returned their lawfully owned property as they should be!
Side note: we don't blame anyone for their role in this whole mess. We believe everyone is truly trying to do what they believe they should be. BUT if you read into the facts of the case the company was trying to comply with all the rules that were currently in place as is their duty. The problem we see here is a need to constantly rely on regulation and "guidance" on every facet of every industry. We understand the need for safety when relevant but on the flip side what ever happened to the free markets?
I am Will Seagaard a farm owner/operator and advocate for sensible policy reform. I seeks to educate consumers, regulators, law enforcement, and other industry stakeholders on all aspects of the hemp-industry and current state of CBD and cannabis in the US today. When writing I try to show both sides of an issue and not advocate for just one or the other. I also like to post cool stuff that shows what we are working so diligently on!