A Brooklyn-based CBD retailer has sued FedEx and New York City for confiscating and reporting a hemp shipment two years ago.
Green Angel CBD proprietor Ronen Levy and his brother Oran Levy submitted the lawsuit last month in a New York state district court. They accused New York City and two of its law enforcement officers, and FedEx for failing to return a hemp shipment.
According to Levy, the 106-pound hemp products shipment that they ordered from Fox Holler Farms during 2019 had an estimated value of $17000; however, it’s worth about $100,000, including retail proceeds.
Land Line first reported the brothers’ lawsuit.
Levy Oren had rerouted the shipment to his brother’s premises; however, the shipment was seized by Vermont’s law enforcement officers after FedEx’s driver informed the police of illegal substance packages in his care.
The lawsuit stated that the Vermont officers cleared the items, but FedEx notified New York city about its issues regarding the hemp shipment delivery.
FedEx expressed in its 2019 statement that its company network is against such shipments.
NYPD police officers then arrested Ronen Levy before holding him for cannabis possession and seizing nine packages containing licensed hemp products. The police officers refused to return the shipment.
All charges against Levy Ronen were dropped, and Levy Oren reported during December 2019 that Ronen collected the 106-pound hemp shipment from New York’s police department. The NYPD blamed their apprehension on their lack of capacity to distinguish illegal marijuana from legal hemp.
Levy said it surprised him that NYPD sealed the shipment, adding that the case was an unreasonable business challenge.
According to the New York post, the hemp shipment from the Vermont-based company contained 0.14% THC, a figure below the 0.3% state threshold.