KESHENA, Wis. (AP) — The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says federal agents entered tribal lands and improperly destroyed a crop of industrial hemp.
But Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad says the crop was an illegal marijuana growing operation. He says agents executed a search warrant Friday and seized about 30,000 marijuana plants weighing several thousand pounds.
The tribe legalized the growing of low THC industrial hemp on its lands in May. In a statement released Friday, the tribe says it has been at odds with federal authorities over whether the crop complies with the 2014 Farm Bill. The tribe acknowledged a portion of the crop was problematic, and said it had agreed to destroy that part of the crop itself.
That last sentence is priceless. “Sure… we know some of our weed is a problem, but we’ll get rid of it… by chopping it up into small portions, wrapping it in paper, and executing a controlled burn.”