State police nabbed Big Sky Scientific’s hemp during a traffic stop outside of Boise, Idaho, in January. Hemp is not legal in Idaho, and while lab tests showed the cargo’s THC levels were less than 0.3%, the threshold for defining hemp, the state deems products containing any amount of THC to be illegal marijuana. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Recently, a court panel seemed conflicted over whether to wade into a debate over hemp and the 2018 Farm Bill, an issue highlighted by the case of a truckload of Colorado-bound hemp seized by Idaho police as illegal contraband earlier this year.

In oral arguments in Seattle, the three judges pressed the hemp’s owner, Big Sky Scientific of Aurora, Colo., to explain why Idaho’s state courts aren’t best suited to decide whether it should get the cargo valued at more than $1 million back.

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