Federal Judge Lifts Ban on Tribal Member Growing Hemp in South Dakota

Federal Judge Lifts Ban on Tribal Member Growing Hemp in South Dakota

hempU.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken this week lifted an injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member (White Plume) from cultivating industrial hemp. The injunction has been in place for over a decade, since 2004.

According to Judge Viken, there has been a “shifting legal landscape” since the injunction was put in place, including severa states not only legalizing hemp, but legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Judge Viken also makes note of a federal change in law that took place in 2014, which allows the cultivation of hemp for resesearch purposes.

White Plume’s lawyer, former U.S. attorney Timothy Purdon, says the order is a victory for both his client and tribal sovereignty as a whole.

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