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DEA Raids Wisconsin Indian Tribe; Destroys Hemp Crop; Claim Tribe was Growing Marijuana


KESHENA, WI — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says federal agents raided their sovereign tribal lands Friday to destroy an industrial hemp crop they were growing in accordance with federal guidelines. Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, meanwhile, claim the seized crop was actually high-grade marijuana.

The Menominee tribe legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in May, in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill which created an exception to the Controlled Substance Act to allow for growth, cultivation and the study of industrial hemp through academic research pilot programs.


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