Larimer County law enforcement seems to be taking its cues from Nebraska lately. A month after Sheriff Justin Smith headlined a lawsuit aimed at Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, alleging that the state violated federal law by passing Amendment 64, his department has decided hemp is a public menace as well.
Morris Beegle began organizing his Second Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, which is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Loveland Ranch Event Center, months ago. However, two weeks ago, he was told by Ranch officials that exhibitors couldn’t bring hemp plants or germinating seeds. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said the presence of hemp would violate federal law— Amendment 64, and its distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana, notwithstanding
The Sheriff’s position is that it’s still Schedule 1 and illegal on the federal level, and he can’t tell the difference between a hemp plant and a marijuana plant or a hemp seed and a marijuana seed,” Beegle says. [Read more at Denver Westword]