Three arrested for alleged hemp theft


Three Louisville re­sidents, including two teenagers, were arrested Tuesday night after they were caught by Elizabethtown police with industrial hemp from Highland Sod Farms on Hutcherson Lane in Elizabethtown.

Hemp is a classifi­ca­tion of the cannabis sa­tiva plant and closely is associated with marijuana, another can­na­bis classification. Hemp has a low Tetra­hy­dro­cannabinol (THC) con­­tent, a psychoactive chem­ical.

Highland Sod Farm owner James Jenkins recently attracted media attention when he discussed how people had been stealing hemp from his 500-plus acre farm.

Do Not Trespass signs clearly are mar­ked on the property, ac­cording to an arrest citation.

Davion Potts, 20, Ma­­hailey Reed, 18, and Bry­son Whitlock, 19, are charged with taking 12 hemp plants valued at $240. They were ar­rested at 9:17 p.m., the citation said.

The three were found with two black gar­bage bags full of hemp plants, according to the citation.

Each is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of industrial hemp and theft by unlawful taking less than $500, punishable by up to one year in prison, if convicted, and third-degree criminal trespassing, a violation.

All three were released Tuesday night from the Har­­din County Detention Center. No court dates had been scheduled, according to jail records.

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