2000 - 2010
2010 - Present
Agricultural Act of 2014
The Agricultural Act of 2014 legalizes Industrial Hemp cultivation under section 7606 for State Departments of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to conduct academic as well as market research on Industrial hemp. The US Department of Justice releases the Wilkinson Memorandum that allows for federally recognized tribes to engage in the cannabis industry as long as tribes follow the eight priorities laid out in the Cole Memorandum from 2013.
Menominee Tribe Legalizes Hemp Cultivation
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin opens a dialogue with the US government to grow Industrial Hemp on their tribal lands. Menominee Tribe passes a law that legalizes low-THC cannabis cultivation. On July 7, 2015, Menominee farmers plant hemp on the reservation. On October 23, 2015, US Drug Enforcement Agency assisted by state and local police raid the hemp farm on the Menominee Reservation. Agents seize 33,000 hemp plants and call it high-grade marijuana. Menominee Tribe files a Declaratory Judgement against the US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency over the unlawful seizure of the hemp plants.
DEA Actions Upheld
In May, a federal judge rules in favor of the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s actions against the Menominee Tribe’s hemp farm. Judge rules the state of Wisconsin must pass a legalization law for hemp in order for the Menominee to engage in hemp cultivation.