Judge: CBD Company Must Forfeit Hemp Shipment To Idaho State Police

Any substance containing any THC at all is considered illegal in Idaho

A Colorado-based CBD company must forfeit the 6,701 pounds of industrial hemp, at one time valued at $1.3 million, that the Idaho State Police seized a year ago as a trucker drove the product from Oregon to Colorado, a judge ruled last week.

Fourth District Judge Jonathan Medema wrote that the hemp in question, which passed tests to be considered hemp under federal law, was still a controlled substance under Idaho law. He also wrote that possession of any plants of the genus cannabis is illegal in Idaho.

“Under Idaho law, it is a crime to possess any plant with that genus, unless one possesses only the mature stalks of the plant,” Medema wrote in a 33-page memorandum filed Jan. 21 in a lawsuit between the company, Big Sky Scientific, and the Idaho State Police.

On Monday, Big Sky Scientific’s attorney Elijah Watkins did not say whether the company would file an appeal in the case. However, he said he was still assessing and evaluating the judge’s decision, and looking at pieces of the case that the Idaho Supreme Court might examine.

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