Police Continue Hemp and Cannabis Investigation on Farms

In three of the fields where cannabis sativa has been found, borage, a seed grown for its oil which also produces bright blue flowers, is grown for Technology Crops International of Kensington.

In three of the fields where cannabis sativa has been found, borage, a seed grown for its oil which also produces bright blue flowers, is grown for Technology Crops International of Kensington. (CBC)

Depending on the THC levels, Cannabis sativa can be classified as either hemp or marijuana.

P.E.I. RCMP are working with local farmers and seed providers to remove hemp or marijuana from a number of farmers fields in the Travellers Rest area.

Police say that in the past two weeks, 2,300 plants have been removed from this area.

On Tuesday, police were focusing their efforts on a field in the Fernwood area off Route 225.

Over the last few days, Cannabis sativa, a crop that can be classified as either marijuana or hemp depending on the levels of tetrahydrocannibol (THC) found in it, was found in a number of Island fields, according to police.

They say the cannabis sativa hemp and marijuana look very similar, so it is necessary to run a lab analysis to determine which type of plant is in the fields. The testing is being done at a Health Canada facility.

RCMP say it could be weeks before the test results identify the plants.

Even if the substance is hemp, a license is needed to grow it, so the crop must be removed.

The extent of the problem is not fully known More at Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/p-e-i-rcmp-continue-cannabis-investigation-on-farms-1.3187126