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Anti-Hemp Injunction Goes Up in Smoke


PINE RIDGE, S.D. (CN) - A federal judge Monday vacated a 12-year-old injunction forbidding a farmer on the Pine Ridge Reservation from growing industrial hemp, but stopped short of ruling whether Alex White Plume or anyone else can do it legally there.

"The court finds there has been a significant shift in the legal landscape since 2004 which makes 'continued enforcement' of the permanent injunction 'detrimental to the public interest,'" U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken wrote. The permanent injunction had barred brothers Alexander and Percy White Plume from growing industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


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