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Navajo officials set on shutting down New Mexico hemp farms

Added 09-26-20 12:03:01pm EST - “The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor.” - Washingtontimes.com

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor.

A member of the tribe and head of the operation, Dineh Benally says his business partnership with a Las Vegas dispensary has provided dozens of jobs on the vast reservation that includes parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

A New Mexico judge, however, approved last week a temporary restraining order keeping Benally from running the Shiprock area farms, The Arizona Republic reported.

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Benally, in a brief statement, called the ruling disappointing and harmful to the Navajo Nation’s economy. He said more than 200 members of the tribe are employed there.

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