Authorities say THC content in plants was too high compared to California law
Southern California Sheriff's Services raided what the owners had previously touted as a hemp field. It was actually 10 million cannabis plants with an estimated value of over $ 25 billion on the black market. On October 0,3, the police carried out a search in the fields of non-psychoactive hemp, according to the growers. In fact, they were producing cannabis plants with a THC content that exceeded the XNUMX% allowed by California law.
The investigation was launched following a report to the Kern County Sheriff's Office about 11 fields spanning more than 459 acres in the small town of Arvin. The operation was carried out in conjunction with the FBI and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which resulted in the October 25 search warrants.
"Preliminary tests showed that the THC levels in these fields greatly exceeded the legal limit for industrial hemp production and that it was in fact cannabis," the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. message on Facebook. “The investigation is ongoing. "
California law allows a THC content greater than 0,3% if hemp is grown for research purposes.
The ad did not specify how farmers started cultivating unlicensed cannabis. But if they were confused about the THC content of their own product, they wouldn't be the first in the country to use that excuse. In February, Idaho State Police confiscated 6 pounds of marijuana from a Colorado company truck at a scale station. The company that owns the plant, Big Sky Scientific, said it had tested the crop through 701 different samples that found cannabis's THC level to be 19%.
Hemp cultivation and confusion about THC levels
Cannabis growers aren't the only ones who are confused about the THC content of their products. Law enforcement agencies in Florida and Texas have concluded that their agencies lack the screening technology necessary to distinguish between hemp and weed, resulting in a deprioritization of arrests for possession in Small scale.
Earlier this year in Fresno County there were reports of hemp thefts by thieves who thought they were stealing cannabis!
Comments on the Sheriff's Office page following the news of Arvin's arrest questioned whether the growers themselves knew the THC content of their own crop.
But the enforcement of laws related to hemp production can also be seen as an attempt by law enforcement agencies to protect cannabis growers who work within legal guidelines. Much attention has been paid to the difficulties legal Californian growers face when it comes to competing with the still strong illegal market in California. A report released in September concluded that illegal sellers continue to outnumber state-licensed retailers by three times.