By JAKE ZUCKERMAN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s a war on hemp in West Virginia.
Though state laws allow for the cultivation, sale and purchase of industrial hemp, Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, and his office filed a civil lawsuit against a Mason County hemp farm and related parties earlier this month for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis sativa plant. By state law, hemp must be comprised of less than 1 percent THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Documentation from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture states it will test harvested hemp to ensure it is comprised of less than 0.3 percent THC, even with federal law.
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