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Federal judge will hear arguments on Menominee Tribe's hemp operation


GREEN BAY - A federal judge will hear arguments next month on the Menominee Indian Tribe's lawsuit against the federal government regarding a hemp-growing operation.

Oral arguments are set for May 13 before Judge William Griesbach, according to court records.

Last October, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided tribal land, destroying hemp plants. The tribe said it was growing hemp for research purposes. However, after the raid, the DEA reported it confiscated 30,000 high-grade marijuana plants. The difference between marijuana and industrial hemp is THC level. Industrial hemp has a lower THC level, preventing anyone from getting a high from it. It's used in things like clothes and building materials.


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