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Menominee Nation slams DEA raid of industrial hemp operation


The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin criticized the Drug Enforcement Agency for carrying out a raid of its industrial hemp crop.

Chairman Gary Besaw said the tribe was legally cultivating the plant under the 2014 Farm Bill. A provision allows colleges to grow hemp for research purposes.

"I am deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has made the decision to utilize the full force of the DEA to raid our tribe," Besaw said in a press release. "We were attempting to grow industrial hemp for research purposes in accordance with the farm bill. We offered to take any differences in the interpretation of the farm bill to federal court. Instead, the Obama administration sent agents to destroy our crop while allowing recreational marijuana in Colorado."


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