Menominee Tribe says DEA destroyed hemp crop; officials say it was marijuana

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KESHENA — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says federal agents entered tribal lands and improperly destroyed a crop of industrial hemp.

But Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad says the crop was an illegal marijuana grow operation. He says agents executed a search warrant Friday and seized about 30,000 marijuana plants weighing several thousand pounds.

The tribe legalized the growing of low THC industrial hemp on its lands in May. In a statement released Friday, the tribe says it has been at odds with federal authorities over whether the crop complies with the 2014 Farm Bill. The tribe acknowledged a portion of the crop was problematic, and said it had agreed to destroy that part of the crop itself.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw says he’s disappointed with the government’s actions.


  • Joe

    What a joke. Alcohol is a drug, hemp, weed etc is naturally grown. Back in the 1900s the hemp companies were putting the paper companies out of business. READ the facts, there are a lot of smart people out there to understand what really happened. ..

    • Mel

      Joe, you are so right. DEA just trying to enforce a DYING prohibition. Legalize it. Maybe those tobacco companies could actually stop killing and actually release a safe cigarette. ….. although it wouldn’t be tobacco anymore.

      Stop Marijuana Prohibition! Support your local chapter of NORML!!!

  • George

    I hope the tribe is able to sue the DEA for this. We stole their land and now we are imposing our prohibition laws on them.

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