Despite years of harsh criminal enforcement of Oklahoma’s cannabis laws, police officers said they couldn’t tell whether a 9-ton hemp shipment was hemp or not when they arrested two Pawhuska, Oklahoma hemp farmers last month. Yet Osage County district attorneys were confident enough in the law enforcement action to prosecute the men on drug charges anyway. In fact, the prosecutors charged Andrew Ross and David Dirksen before they even tested their Colorado-bound 9-ton cargo. So while Ross and Dirksen await trial, their entire hemp shipment is awaiting THC testing in a Colorado lab.
Oklahoma Prosecutors Mistake Hemp Shipment for “Black Market” Marijuana
On January 9, police pulled over a large tractor-trailer on Main Street in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The stop was for a routine traffic violation, but the situation quickly escalated. Police searched the cargo of the truck, discovering that it contained 18,000 pounds of industrial hemp. Concerned, however, that the shipment was possibly marijuana, not hemp, officers arrested the two men providing security for the shipment, Andrew Ross and David Dirksen, and the big rig’s two drivers, Tadesse Deneke and Farah Warsame.
Today, Andrew Ross and David Dirksen are each out on $40,000 bond. But they still spent a week