Upon first glance, hemp and marijuana are essentially indistinguishable. And that’s exactly why you need to make more than an initial glance when you’re making a 106 pound marijuana drug bust.
The NYPD, apparently, did not get that memo.
A 106 Pound Dud
According to a report from MyNBC5, Jahala Dudley and Buddy Koerner, two business partners at Fox Holler Farms in New Haven, Vermont, prepared a large-scale, 106 pound hemp order for a client in Brooklyn. After dropping off the nine boxes of organic hemp flower to their local FedEx shipping location, they would soon find out that the product would never reach their customer.
It would, instead, be intercepted by NYPD officers at the New York Police Department’s 75th Precinct in Brooklyn.
Koerner and Dudley maintain that the whole process was legal and done “by the book.” In fact, they’ve used that exact FedEx location for many of their hemp shipments in the past.
“Everything was fine,” Dudley said. ” We’ve done shipments with FedX before…many times.”
The particular strain produced by the farm was of a very high grade. The CBD retailer agreed to pay $17,500 for the entire shipment.
However, when a staff member of Green Angel CBD shop came to pick up the product at the location, they were promptly arrested. And to add insult to injury, the NYPD’s 75th Precinct took to facebook to gloat about their successful “raid.”
“I’m looking at it. It’s the stuff you see in movies,” Dudley told NBC5. “Like, these two cops are holding our hemp, like it’s an awesome drug bust! This is hemp!”
Hemp, a versatile plant that can be used for a number of different things, including the harnessing of CBD, must contain low, almost untraceable levels of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Dudley said the product met all of the rigid regulatory standards.
While Dudley admits it’s difficult to distinguish between hemp and marijuana plants, she believes the cops should have done their due diligence on the product before confiscating it and making an arrest. She says all of the necessary paperwork was there to show proof of product.
“You can’t tell the difference,” she said. “Genetically it’s a very similar plant. I’m not blaming anyone for that. But the paperwork was there. We’ve had it all tested.”
In perhaps a retaliatory post, or, perhaps more accurately, a post on the defense, Fox Holler’s first official Facebook post was a reshare of the NYPD’s ” drug bust” image. Of course, the caption was a bit, well, different.
“We cannot believe this will be our first official Facebook post, ” the company said in the post. “We’ve been working hard all summer to grow a CBD compliant hemp crop. We succeeded too; Our crop was ‘Non detectable’ on delta 9 thc – compliant in Vermont, New York and federally. We paid for well-known, CBD-compliant genetics, did all we could to test the product through the growing season and once harvested. This shipment was 100% hemp. “
Dudley says she has since been advised to go through the U.S. Postal Service, Unlike FedEx, a private shipping company, the U.S. Postal Service is a federally run entity, and therefore cannot, by law, go through the packages that they ship.
As it stands, the hemp still remains in police custody, and the investigation remains ongoing. Obviously, Dudley and Koerner are hopeful the situation is rectified, considering the large scale order could make or break their sales for the year.
“We have a limited product, a limited crop,” Dudley admitted. “This shipment will make or break the farm this year. If this sale goes through, we’ll be OK. If it doesn’t, we don’t break even.”