A mother and son duo of farmers who prominently advocated for the law that legalized hemp in Wyoming can finally rest easy after a judge dismissed the marijuana trafficking charges they were facing. Back in November 2019, agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (“DCI”) raided Debra Palm-Egle and Joshua Egle’s farm and found 700-plus pounds of dried plant material they assumed to be marijuana. The two were charged with a bevy of marijuana offenses alongside Brock and Shannon Dyke, a contractor and his wife who worked for the farmers and were on the property when it was raided.
However, Laramie County Circuit judge Antoinette Williams dismissed the charges on Wednesday, stating that prosecutors lacked probable cause that the hemp advocates intended to grow and distribute marijuana. The dried plant material found on the farm was actually hemp which the two had admittedly grown without a state license. While the judge reprimanded them for growing unlicensed hemp, she dismissed the charges of conspiracy…
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