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Idaho State Police says it seized 6,701 pounds of illicit marijuana from a truck passing through the state last month. The Colorado company that bought the plants in Oregon says it's legal hemp. But the truck driver caught in the middle is now facing felony marijuana trafficking charges.

Rolling into the East Boise Point of Entry weigh station on January 24, Denis Palamarchuck's tractor-trailer was stopped by an Idaho state trooper to conduct a routine inspection. The truck's bill of lading listed the goods being hauled as hemp.

"However, the trooper's training and experience made him suspicious that the cargo was in fact marijuana, not industrial hemp," the Idaho State Police wrote in a news release.

The officer opened up one of the 31 shipping bags in the rig and, using a Narcotic Identification Kit, tested a sample that came back positive for THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana. A drug-sniffing canine also "demonstrated a positive alert on the cargo," state police said.

Palamarchuck was immediately arrested and charged with felony trafficking of marijuana.

Court records indicate Palamarchuck spent four days in jail after the arrest. Jim Ball, Palamarchuck's attorney, told CNN his client was released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Idaho's mandatory minimum laws dictate that because he was carrying more than 25 pounds of what Idaho deems is "marijuana," the truck driver – if found guilty – will serve at least five years in prison and pay a minimum $15,000 fine.

Except hemp is legal nationwide.

The 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp and all of its byproducts legal. A DEA spokesperson tells CNN that includes cannabidiol, or CBD, derived from industrial hemp.

CBD is making hemp a potentially huge cash crop because some believe it can help with anxiety, arthritis, stress and other conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved only one CBD-containing drug, Epidiolex, which is used to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.

The company says on its website it buys "hemp that's rich in CBD" from farmers, sends it to processers to make CBD powder, and then sells that to product manufacturers.

And in the lawsuit, that's what Big Sky Scientific says it did – it bought about 13,000 pounds of industrial hemp from Boones Ferry Berry Farms in Hubbard, Oregon. According to the lawsuit, the farm is licensed with the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a registered industrial hemp grower.

The company said it tested 19 different samples from that farm's hemp crop on January 17, and their THC level was .043% – lower than the federal legal limit of .3%.

Tests like the one conducted on the hemp Palamarchuck was transporting cannot tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The Idaho State Police says their analyses, and canine units, can only test for the presence of THC – not the concentration.

Big Sky Scientific says that not only is Idaho violating the 2018 Farm Bill, but also the Commerce Clause in the US Constitution, which says that states cannot prohibit legal goods in one state from being transported through it to another state.

This case, should it be decided in Big Sky Scientific's favor, could forcibly change that.

But time is running out for Big Sky Scientific's hemp; it says in its lawsuit that it's perishable and that mold can form without proper airflow to the plants.

Time for Denis Palamarchuck is at a standstill. He's caught in the middle of it all, and his fate, freedom and future remain uncertain.

"It looks like Denis unknowingly drove his truck into a fight between the State of Idaho and the federal government regarding the legality of industrial hemp," Ball said.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/us/hemp-marijuana-idaho-trnd/index.html

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File: 4e3f7dc232f9ce4⋯.jpg (53.97 KB, 500x601, 500:601, drugs.jpg)




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