The maker of marijuana trimmers is suing Border Patrol for obstruction of components

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February 25, 2021




(A version of this story first appeared on Hemp Industry Daily.)

A company that makes agricultural equipment for marijuana and hemp companies filed a lawsuit in Seattle accusing US Customs and Border Protection of importing components from Canada used by its Washington state subsidiary for the Construction of cutting machines were required to have incorrectly blocked.

Keirton USA claims in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that border guards seized machine parts in Blaine, Washington, in January as they were being transported from British Columbia, Law360.com reported.

The agents confiscated components the company needed to make vacuum cleaners and trimmers for marijuana and hemp companies.

Keirton, the maker of the Twister Trimmer, is headquartered in Ferndale, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia.

The company is seeking the return of its equipment and a court order that Customs and Border Protection must authorize its deliveries.

“Keirton has taken appropriate steps to ensure that its goods are only used for lawful purposes,” the company stated in the lawsuit.

Keirton USA also filed a lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection last year, according to Law360.com, and the matter resulted in a settlement. Keirton said the agency broke that agreement by continuing to seize imports.

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