A Kentucky-based company that produces CBD has filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon company it claims sold it nearly worthless hemp seeds that ruined a massive 2019 crop.
The crop was destined to help fulfill the country’s booming demand for CBD, a plant extract soaring in popularity as a treatment for health problems including anxiety and insomnia.
But Elemental Processing of Lexington, Kentucky, claims those plans tanked when HP Farms of Troutdale sold it more than 6 million seeds that were mostly “male” instead of “feminized,” as promised. The suit says male seeds sell for less than a penny each while feminized seeds cost as must as $1 each because female plants produce a CBD-rich flower.
According to the suit, the presence of male plants also prevents female plants from flowering.