Hemp Trade Group Sounds Alarm Over Minn. Court Ruling

By Katryna Perera (September 22, 2021, 8:54 PM EDT) — A hemp trade group has warned that a recent Minnesota appellate decision could devastate the local hemp industry because of its ruling that hemp-derived liquids that contain trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, are controlled substances.

In a decision filed on Sept. 13, Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Matthew E. Johnson upheld a drug conviction based on evidence of an unspecified amount of THC in vape liquid.

The case, Minnesota v. Loveless, resulted from a 2019 drug bust in which Jason Loveless was arrested by state troopers, in part, for possession of a controlled substance. According to…

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