Ripples were sent through Minnesota's emerging hemp industry last week when a local industrial hemp farmer, Luis Hummel, filed what is likely Minnesota's first cannabis-related lawsuit against none other than the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after he was suspended from the Department's Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and ordered to destroy his plants. The story has been covered by MPR, the Star Tribune, and the Associated Press. We invited Mr. Hummel's attorney, Jason Tarasek of MN Cannabis Law, to share some more information about the circumstances around lawsuit and what it could mean for the future of hemp in Minnesota.
You can read Mr. Hummel's full legal complaint here. Jason also provided us with the letter Mr. Hummel received from the Department of Agriculture informing him of his ejection from the hemp program and ordering him to destroy his plants, the letter Jason sent to the Department of Agriculture on behalf of Mr. Hummel requesting a hearing on the matter prior to filing the lawsuit, and the Department's response letter.