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Menominee hemp crop on hold until lawsuit settled


GREEN BAY - Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Chairwoman Joan Delabreau said Friday the tribe will not plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge rules on its case against the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Delabreau said a DEA raid last fall that destroyed a crop of industrial hemp plants has cost the Menominee millions of dollars and painted the tribe “with a very ugly brush that we were growing high-grade marijuana.” She made her comments after attorneys for the tribe and the federal government presented oral arguments before U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on the DEA’s motion to dismiss the case.


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