The Federal Government’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now in a legal battle over 2,800 pounds of what they claim is illegal marijuana that was seized from a private plane refueling at the Charlotte Douglas Airport.
The chartered plane was flagged and searched by Charlotte agents after receiving a tip from Oregon law enforcement officials that the plane, which was heading to Switzerland and refueling in Charlotte, may contain illegal substances.
The company it was seized from, NC-based We CBD LLC, has now filed a lawsuit claiming the seized product is actually legal hemp and that CBP never provided them with the test results showing the seized product contains over 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (which is what distinguishes legal hemp from illegal marijuana).
“This seized merchandise is not contraband. It is legal hemp,” We CBD in their suit. “CBP has presented no evidence, no test results, and no testing methodologies. CBP has provided plaintiff with nothing to substantiate its determination.”
The company claims that CBP violated its constitutional right to due process and stole its export.
The case has now been assigned to U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney.