Six men will be tried later this year, accused of the theft of thousands of hemp plants from a farm in New Aquitaine.The men were arrested after removing around 2,000 feet of plants at Aillas farm in southern Gironde.
Industrial hemp – which can be made into paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food and feed – looks a lot like cannabis. But it contains very small amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the illegal drug. Hemp containing more than 0.2% THC is prohibited in France.
The six, who were arrested the next day, will face charges of gun violence, after a gunshot was fired when farm workers disrupted the second robbery, and an aggravated robbery, when they appear before the court in November.