Would-be Hemp Farmers to Make Their Case

U.S. Court of Appeals to hear arguments Nov. 12.

Published on: Nov 6, 2008

Two North Dakota farmers who want to grow hemp are getting another day in court.

Attorneys for David Monson and Wayne Hauge will be appearing in U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 12.

They are appealing a decision by the U.S. District Court that growing industrial hemp is illegal, even the state of North Dakota has issued the men a state license to plant the crop. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency argues that industrial hemp is so similar marijuana that it too is a controlled substance.

The North Dakota legislature passed a law legalizing industrial hemp production. The state contends that industrial hemp can't be used to make an illegal drug.

Vote Hemp, the nation's leading industrial hemp advocacy group, and its supporters are providing financial support for the lawsuit. If Monson and Hauge are successful in their appeal, all states would be free to implement their own hemp farming laws without fear of federal interference, according to Vote Hemp.

Source: Vote Hemp