Calif. Agency Wins Pause Of $1B Destroyed Hemp Crop Suit
By Grace Dixon (January 11, 2021, 6:12 PM EST) -- A California federal court paused a suit accusing officers of the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife of illegally bulldozing 500 acres of a farm's hemp crop worth $1 billion based on a flawed search warrant.
On Thursday, Magistrate Judge Jennifer Thurston granted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's bid to put Apothio LLC's lawsuit on hold, finding that parallel criminal charges leveled against the farm's CEO Trent Jones alone did not warrant a stay, but adding that further discovery did not appear necessary.
Judge Thurston noted that a "preliminary peek" at the two pending bids to ax Apothio's claims...
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