NEW YORK (AP) — The bust was a bust, and it could end up costing New York City some serious green.
A day after prosecutors dropped criminal charges in a case spotlighting confusion over hemp, marijuana and conflicting laws, the Brooklyn brothers caught in the chaos took the first step toward suing the city and the police department.
Oren and Ronen Levy filed notices of claim Wednesday, saying the “nightmare” ordeal that began with Ronen’s Nov. 2 arrest and the seizure of 106 pounds (48 kilograms) of hemp plants tarnished their reputations and threatened their livelihoods selling CBD, the extract showing up lately in everything candy to coffee.
A notice of claim isn’t a lawsuit, but could pave the way for one. State law requires such a document, which outlines allegations, at the start of legal action against a municipal entity.
The police department said it will review the lawsuit if one is filed.
Police boasted on social media about the bust, but Oren Levy said officers relied only on a field test that came back positive for marijuana while ignoring lab test results and other paperwork he provided that showed the plants were hemp, not marijuana.
Oren Levy says