BOISE, Idaho — A man facing years in prison for hauling over 6,000 pounds of legal hemp through Idaho can breathe a sigh of relief.
Felony drug trafficking charges against him have been dropped.
It was a story we first brought you last January--at the time, Idaho State Police had made what they thought was a gigantic pot bust.
Idaho State Police troopers stopped Denis Palamarchuk along Interstate 84, and arrested him after they found the semi-truck he was driving was carrying several thousand pounds of hemp for Montana-based Big Sky Scientific.
Idaho's anti-marijuana laws are so broadly written that they include hemp -- even though hemp is broadly used for industrial and manufacturing purposes and does not contain enough psychoactive THC to get a person high.
A judge gave Palamarchuk one year unsupervised probation and a suspended jail sentence. He must also pay between 500 and some 1,800 dollars in restitution. Charges have also been reduced against two other truckers facing similar charges.