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.