CARSON CITY, Nev. – A local hemp farmer is suing Carson City over his proposed cannabis farm that the city is allegedly trying to block.
Based on a report from the Reno Gazette Journal, a hemp grower, Tahoe Hemp LLC, has filed a lawsuit against the city in the state court on January 15 concerning the 40 hectares (100 acres) of a now city-owned rural property. The local farmer accused Carson City of trying to block its proposed cannabis farm and acting in bad faith by breaking the contract between Tahoe Hemp LLC and the previous owner of the property.
On January 16, based in the Nevada Appeal, the Board of Supervisors of the Carson City nominated to permit the district attorney to do necessary legal action against the Tahoe Hemp LLC.
According to the board, some of the open space that was bought by the city from the previous owner of the land in 2010 partly using the money from the state land grand. Along with the purchase agreement, said the board, is the prohibition of any use of the area other hand preserving the open space, wildlife, and cultural resources, or ranching.
Meanwhile, Tahoe Hemp is planning to grow hemp plants on the part of the open space, which was previously the Buzzy’s Ranch. The place is a well-known outdoor recreation and public hiking area neighboring to the Carson River.
Based on the lawsuit filed by Tahoe Hemp, they are asking for around $15 million in damages plus the lawyer fees. The local hemp farmer argues that Jarrard Trust, the previous owner of the land, had the agricultural rights on the 150 hectares (370 acres) when Carson City bought it ten years ago.
In 2019, Trust and Tahoe Hemp signed a leasing agreement. Tahoe Hemp then applied to grow hemp on 40 hectares (100 acres) of the land with the state agricultural department, based on the lawsuit.
Following the application from the hemp grower, the department requested Carson City’s authorization for the permit to cultivate for Tahoe Hemp. However, in November, the city sent Tahoe Hemp a cease and desist order.
Based on the statement from Jason Woodbury, the district attorney of Carson City, the response from the city is not any anti-hemp or anti-marijuana position. Instead, it is purely abiding what is legal based on the assurances that were given to the state with the previous purchase of the land.
Meanwhile, the local hemp farmer reasons that they should be allowed to cultivate hemp from cannabis plant, and a source for the increasing popular CBD, based in the existing agricultural rights.