Obama Send DEA to Destroy Industrial Hemp on Tribal Land
A licensed industrial hemp crop was destroyed by federal agents Friday on the land of the Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin.
After legalizing the plant for research purposes last May, tribal leaders say they were targeted by the Obama administration for allegedly violating the 2014 Farm Bill.
Speaking with Fox 11 News, FBI agents confirmed they were assisting the DEA in removing the crop.
In a statement to the media, Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw accused the federal government of violating both the tribe’s sovereignty and its right to research the non-psychotropic plant.
“In May 2015, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Tribe legalized the growing of low THC non-psychotropic industrial hemp by Tribal licensees on its lands,” Besaw said. “Notice of this change in Tribal law was provided to the United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.”
“Today, Federal Agents improperly and unnecessarily entered the sovereign lands of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and destroyed the Tribe’s industrial hemp crop.”
Besaw placed the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration for refusing to challenge the issue civilly in court.