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US attorney files civil suit against W.Va. hemp farm

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Matthew Mallory stands in his Mason County hemp farm. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia has filed a civil suit against Mallory and related parties.
(Submitted photo)

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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