BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Authorities in Central California have seized and destroyed about 100 million plants they said were being grown as legal hemp but contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
The Kern County Sheriff’s office said it served search warrants at several fields
The office said samples of the plants tested “well above” the federal limit of 0.3
Authorities said the plants were essentially cannabis worth about $1 billion on the black market. They wouldn’t name the grower, citing the ongoing probe.
The Bakersfield Californian said hemp cultivation is allowed in Kern County but pot production, sale and processing is all but illegal.
The Associated Press