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 is closely associated with marijuana, another classification of cannabis. Hemp has a low psychoactive chemical known as Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC content.
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 are clearly marked on the property, according to the 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., according to an arrest citation.
The three were found with two black garbage bags full of hemp plants.
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, as well as 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.