A Colorado man who says he was delivering legal hemp to Minnesota is facing up to 36 years in prison after being arrested last month in Jackson County by South Dakota troopers who accused him of possessing and selling marijuana.
Robert Herzberg, a 41-year-old from Red Feather Lakes, is charged with intending to distribute marijuana, possessing more than 10 pounds of the drug, and ingesting marijuana and cocaine, according to his criminal complaint. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on the possession and distribution charges, five years for the cocaine ingestion charge, and one year for marijuana ingestion.
Herzberg’s arrest and charges is the latest incident illustrating how South Dakota’s hemp and CBD oil laws are distinct from many other states and can cause confusion about which products are legal. His case also comes as state lawmakers study the potential risks and benefits of industrial hemp and Gov. Kristi Noem renews her skepticism of legalization by asking them to consider 315 questions when considering legislation.
Read the full story at the Rapid City Journal.