A North Carolina tobacco farm sued in North Carolina’s state court, arguing that its owners were responsible for setting up a marijuana farm on their property and that the company that owned it should be held liable.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, also claims that the owners of the farm were “partners” with the owner of the tobacco farm.
In the suit, the owners say they have not been involved with tobacco farming on their properties for the past five years.
The suit seeks to dismiss the claim against the owners and is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the company from operating in North Cartersville and the surrounding counties until it is allowed to do so.
The plaintiffs in the case are the Dokha Tobacco Company, a division of Doksha Tobacco, LLC, which owns the tobacco plant in the village of Doks.
The company has owned the tobacco business for nearly 20 years, and its owner, Dokhha Tobacco Co. LLC, has been operating the tobacco-growing operation on the Doks tobacco farm for the last four years, according to court documents.
The Dokhas have a $300,000 cash prize and are part of a consortium of tobacco companies that have agreed to share profits.
In addition to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs also have an action pending in state court in North Charleston against the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The state department has denied any involvement with the Dons tobacco farm and has not commented on the lawsuit.