One of Oregon’s hemp producers seeking a $2.5 million compensation for damages incurred in its warehouse, after law enforcement officers swarmed the area searching for cannabis, lost the case in a state court.
Mark Clarke, the United States Magistrate Judge concluded that the search warrant from the authorities used in raiding OHC (Oregonized Hemp Company) was legitimate. OHC is a farm and cultivation service contracting venture and is located in Grants Pass.
The hemp firm argued that police officers from Jackson and Josephine counties conducted the search inappropriately.
Justin Pitts, OHC’s owner, said the authorities confiscated about 5000 pounds of commercial hemp. He also claims that law enforcement officials destroyed the seized crops the next day according to a 23rd April supplemental order submitted to the Josephine Circuit court.
When filing the case on May 2020, the Company alleged that the authorizes 22nd April search was against due process and civil rights
The search warrant given to Pitts asserted that the police officers were searching for cannabis; however, it didn’t authorize the confiscation of industrial hemp.
Based on a Mail Tribune post, Mark noted that the firm and its proprietor are reasonably frustrated about the activities of the police in this matter. However, he added that ordeal was constitutional
The magistrate judge suffered a huge financial loss because of ruin to their commercial hemp, which the police misjudged as cannabis
Clarke gave OHC time to appeal the case based on his verdict regarding the case.
Based on a filing submitted to Josephine county and a news report, what triggered the raid was details from an anonymous informant who disclosed to Medford police Detective, Dode Chris, that he witnessed a laboratory in the warehouse being used to make distilled cannabis concentrate.
According to Mark, Chris found that the facility was not registered or approved for either hemp or cannabis production within Oregon.