BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said North Dakota’s law banning corporate farming won’t preclude horticulture operations that grow medical marijuana.
North Dakota bars corporations from owning and operating farms, to protect the state’s family farming heritage. There are exceptions, and the Health Department recently asked Stenehjem if medical marijuana growers will be exempt.
Stenehjem said the Legislature didn’t specifically exempt medical marijuana production from the legal definition of “farming or ranching.” But he says there’s nothing in law requiring a medical marijuana operation to be on agricultural land. The law requires medical marijuana to be produced in a closed, locked facility.
The Health Department is developing a program for the drug approved by voters in 2016. Two manufacturers will be registered. Potential growers have until April 19 to apply.
Lawsuit blames pork giant for noxious farm smells
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A low-cost, high-volume livestock-rearing method pioneered in North Carolina came under fire Tuesday as jurors began hearing a lawsuit from neighbors who say the world’s largest pork corporation is endangering their health and making their lives miserable.
The legal action is the first in a string of federal lawsuits against the hog-production division of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods. Its outcome could alter production methods and profits for the company, which controls everything from the feed the animals eat to when they are trucked to slaughter and how the meat lands on consumers’ plates. Smithfield was bought in 2013 by a division of China-based WH Group, the world’s largest pork producer.
In dozens of lawsuits, more than 500 neighbors say that for decades they have suffered headaches, sinus problems and intense, putrid smells that can’t be removed from clothing or household fabrics.
“Smithfield has never done anything to change,” Michael Kaeske, a Dallas, Texas-based lawyer, told jurors. “They’re