Industrial hemp farming may be returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
In 1998, the Oglala Sioux Tribe legalized hemp with a requirement that the plants have very low levels of T-H-C so they would not have any effects of the drug marijuana.
But when Oglala Sioux Tribal member Alex White Plume planted a hemp crop on his land, it was raided by DEA agents and White Plume spent years battling the issue in federal court.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that now the Federal Government is lifting restrictions on tribes who want to grow marijuana-- White Plume is eager to start planting again.
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