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Tests show police in Idaho seized hemp, not marijuana

Idaho State Police seized 7,000 pounds of hemp being transported across the state.
Credit: Idaho State Police
Photo of the hemp seized by Idaho State Police during a traffic stop in January, 2019.

BOISE, Idaho — A truckload of what Idaho police believed to be marijuana turned out to be industrial hemp, a newspaper reported.

A federal judge in Idaho approved the release of test results Friday that identified that 7,000 pounds of a green substance confiscated by Idaho State Police in January, The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday.

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized growth and sale of industrial hemp, as long as it has less than .3% concentration of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.

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In Idaho, hemp remains illegal regardless of its THC concentration and possession carries the same legal penalties as marijuana.

The hemp was being shipped to Colorado after Big Sky purchased it from a farmer licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, according to Big Sky Scientific CEO Ryan Shore.

The material remains impounded and Idaho intends to sell the truck and trailer, he said.