S.G. Farms a California based hemp farming operation was blocked from being part of a lawsuit filed by an American Indian tribe after authorities seized its hemp.
The judge ruled that the company did not provide evidence for how it was part of the crop in question. The plants that were seized were taken on October 10, 2017, by the DEA and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. The plants were growing in a 26-acre field in Stockton, California.
The Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada is the tribe filing the lawsuit for its company Free Spirit Organics. S.G. Farms is an agricultural research organization out of Marin county that works with Free Spirit Organics in growing and researching hemp along with the American States University.
The tribe started the lawsuit back in 2017 and is still pursuing it. The tribe is attempting to get the plants returned and have it declared that it is unlawful for the county to ban their growing operation. The county maintains that the research claim was not enough to establish the right for the company to grow hemp in the county.