New York Nursery Suing Sheriff Over Destroyed Hemp Plants

纽约苗圃起诉治安官破坏大麻植物

2020-12-01 11:47:00 Ganjapreneur

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A South Glens Falls, New York plant nursery is suing the Washington County sheriff after deputies destroyed more than 250 licensed industrial hemp research plants last October, the Daily Gazette reports. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim Fourth Amendment violations – unlawful search and seizure – due process violations, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress. Toadflax Nursery, Z&M Farm and Richard W. Morris Jr., the managing member of both entities, are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Z&M is described as the owner of the property, the report says. Toadflax has been licensed by the state Agriculture Department to cultivate hemp since May 2019. According to the lawsuit outlined by the Gazette, on Oct. 1, 2019, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a group of people and a vehicle leaving the property at about 9 p.m. The officers stopped the car and noticed a pile of plants laying on the side of the road. After about an hour of roadside interviews, the deputies began uprooting hemp plants in the field. The lawsuit points out that the plants had the tags required by New York state law which include license and business information and the plant’s strain. The plaintiffs also note that the cultivators followed “sound practices” for growing the crop – including positioning them out of public view  – as hemp plants are sometimes mistaken for THC-rich cannabis and targeted by thieves. The lawsuit names the county, Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, and several department employees as defendants.
据《每日公报》报道,纽约南格伦斯福尔斯的一家苗圃正在起诉华盛顿县治安官,因为治安官去年10月摧毁了250多家获得许可的工业大麻研究工厂。在诉讼中,原告声称违反了第四修正案--非法搜查和扣押--违反了正当程序,疏忽和造成了精神痛苦。 Toadflax苗圃,Z&M农场和两个实体的管理成员小理查德·W·莫里斯被指定为诉讼的原告。报道称,Z&M被描述为该房产的所有者。蟾蜍亚麻自2019年5月起获得州农业部门的种植大麻许可。 根据《公报》概述的诉讼,2019年10月1日,华盛顿县治安官的副手发现一群人和一辆车在晚上9点左右离开了这处房产。警官们拦下了车,并注意到路边有一堆植物。经过大约一个小时的路边采访,代表们开始连根拔起地里的大麻植物。 诉讼指出,这些植物都有纽约州法律要求的标签,其中包括许可证,商业信息和植物的品种。原告还指出,种植者在种植大麻时遵循了“合理的做法”--包括将大麻置于公众视野之外--因为大麻植物有时会被误认为富含四氢大麻酚的大麻而成为小偷的目标。 该诉讼将该县,治安官杰弗里·J·墨菲和几名部门雇员列为被告。

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