Colorado hemp manufacturer has legal hemp seized in Oklahoma
Jamie Baumgartner, president of Panacea Life Sciences, has had his $500,000 shipment of legal hemp seized by the Pawhuska Police Department in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
The hemp was being transported from Kentucky to Colorado. Colorado officials confirmed the buyers were in “good standing” with state agencies and Kentucky state officials confirmed that Mr. Baumgartner’s hemp farm was licensed and in compliance for the manufacturing of legal hemp.
Enter the Pawhuska police department.
The semi tractor trailer and security escort van were pulled over on the early hours of the morning for allegedly running a stop sign. Law enforcement stated the hemp tested positive for marijuana and arrested all four people involved for aggravated marijuana trafficking.
The passage of the farm allows for interstate transportation of legal hemp. But law enforcement agencies have not been updated and equipped to deal with the changes.
Samples of the hemp product have been sent to the DEA’s lab in order to determine whether or not the THC present in the hemp.
Ministry of Hemp spoke with Jamie Baumgartner and he stated “Of course, it’s going to test positive cause there is 0.3 percent THC in the product.”
He went on to explain the only way to confirm that the product is hemp is by performing a complete “cannabinoid profile”.
And herein lays the problem. There is no agreed upon testing and training for law enforcement agencies to determine who is in legal possession of, and following the laws of commerce for, legalized hemp.
Meanwhile, Panacea Life Sciences may lose upwards of a million dollars, depending on the outcome of testing and whether or not he can regain possession of his legal hemp. Also, the two truck drivers who were transporting the hemp in compliance with the law still remain in jail as they cannot afford bail.
You can read more about these veterans operating a legal hemp transportation business and contribute to their Gofundme page.