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News >  Marijuana

Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Brian Lehman has been scrambling to find a new location for his state-licensed cannabis farm since receiving a cease-and-desist order from Yakima County officials. Now, the county is seeking an abatement order in Yakima County Superior Court to enter his property, shut down his business and remove any unpermitted structures, equipment or products, including marijuana.

News >  Marijuana

Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for U.S. police

UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Police officers who encounter shipments of state-certified hemp on America’s highways are facing a quandary: They can’t tell if the plants they’re seeing are hemp or marijuana. Truckers are free to haul hemp from state to state after the federal legalization of hemp late last year. But hemp and marijuana look and smell alike, and the only way to distinguish them is by measuring their THC. Officers currently lack the technology to do that testing on the spot.