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S.C. Farmer Sues State Over Destroyed Hemp Crops

He claims he was denied due process.

A South Carolina farmer is taking several state agencies to federal court over destroyed hemp crops.

John Trenton Pendarvis claims he was denied due process when state law enforcement destroyed his undeclared hemp plants in 2019.

Pendarvis said he was forced to move his hemp crops due to extensive droughts.

But state officials said he committed a “willful violation” by failing to declare his relocated hemp.

The Farm Bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2018, allows for commercial hemp cultivation.

The bill defines hemp as cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% THC.

South Carolina is one of the few remaining U.S. states where medical cannabis is still illegal. The state has also not legalized recreational cannabis.


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