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Injured Army Vet Claims California Cops Illegally Raided His Hemp Farm
The Hemet County hemp farmer is now trying to bring attention to the possibly illegal raid that he says could ruin his legit business.
Published on December 18, 2019

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A US Army veteran living in Southern California is furious with local law enforcement after Hemet County Sheriffs raided his property and confiscated what the farmer says was fully legal industrial hemp.

The anonymous farmer first told his story to the cannabis news Instagram page The Blacklist. In his account, the hemp cultivator said that cops procured a search warrant after spotting a greenhouse on the property with aerial cameras. When no one was home, he claims the Hemet County sheriffs busted down the door to the man’s home, destroyed 267 hemp plants in his greenhouse, and illegally confiscated cannabis and firearms from the property.

“On the day of December 9th 2019, the Hemet County Sheriff's and Riverside County City Council conducted an illegal raid,” the aggrieved farmer wrote in his message to The Blacklist. “I'm a US law abiding, tax paying citizen, US ARMY Cavalry Scout, wounded in action, Purple Heart recipient, PTSD diagnosed, 33-year-old with daily chronic pain of the neck, back, hips, knees, and right ankle, insomnia, among other injuries… We had 267 Industrial hemp vegetation plants with zero flowering plants in our 3500-square-foot greenhouse, out of sight, with zero smell invasion or nuisance.”

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THIS IS AMERICA. (Sent in by a follower) On the day of December 9th 2019, the Hemet County Sheriff's led by "Medina" & Riverside County City Council conducted an illegal raid. I'm a US law abiding, tax paying citizen, US ARMY Cavalry Scout, wounded in action, Purple Heart recipient, PTSD diagnosed, 33 year old with daily chronic pain of the neck, back, hips, knees, and right ankle, insomnia, among other injuries, A GREAT, father of four children with my fifth child on the way. I'm a full time student at Mt. San Jacinto college. I'm a business partner with my father and operate BUD-D PHARMS INDUSTRIAL HEMP on our two acre ranch registered with Riverside County and Department of Agriculture. - We had 267 Industrial hemp VEGETATION plants with ZERO FLOWERING plants in our 3500 sqft greenhouse, out of sight, with zero smell invasion or nuisance. - The Sheriff's County of Riverside raided without any forewarning about any illegal cannabis cultivation or abatement for any such activity. - The officers took a picture from the sky of our property showing zero hemp plants and call it "Unlawful Cannabis Cultivation site was determined to exist on the property" with only a picture of a greenhouse on the property. They raided my home when no one was home, using a battering ram, leaving it inoperable and open to the public for over 40 mins before I arrived. They left edibles outside my house on the ground for my dog to eat. They tossed tables from one side of the room to the other. They stole a couple pounds of my personal cannabis which I hold a California state medical license from a MD Doctor. They stole my Springfield XD-40 hand gun that I legally purchased on 2013 Fort Riley, Kansas when I arrived home after three surgeries and nine months of therapy to be able to walk again for my personal home protect for my family. - The City of Riverside outright violated all of our civil rights and liberties, with no respect to the constitution. The warrant is bogus and states no sound evidence to us operating an illegal grow. - What they did was illegal and devastating to a small family owned farmer that survives off what they harvest. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS...

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Law enforcement officers in the rural enclaves of Riverside and Hemet counties have recently taken a hard line stance against unlicensed cannabis growers. In the years since legalization was enacted, California has struggled to rein in the state’s massive black market. In response, police have executed highly publicized raids on unregulated farms as a show of force against illicit operators. 

But as government officials, cops, and consumers alike continue to sort out the intricacies that separate industrial hemp from full-strength cannabis, legal hemp businesses have been repeatedly caught in the crosshairs. From robberies and police seizures, to retail and cultivation raids, America’s newest cash crop is still being unfairly persecuted. 

In California, the anonymous grower is hoping to bring attention to what he says was an unfounded bust, and he wants the police to face repercussions for their actions. 

“The City of Riverside outright violated all of our civil rights and liberties, with no respect to the constitution,” the farmer wrote. “The warrant is bogus and states no sound evidence to us operating an illegal grow.”

It is not yet clear if the farmer plans to pursue legal action against the county officials or law enforcement officers who approved and participated in the raid.

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Zach Harris is a writer based in Philadelphia whose work has appeared on Noisey, First We Feast, and Jenkem Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @10000youtubes complaining about NBA referees.
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