Authorities on Wednesday were investigating the contents of a tractor-trailer that was pulled over in Pawhuska on suspicions that it might have been carrying a load of marijuana.
Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, said agents from that agency and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency were testing the contents of the truck, which was pulled over by local law enforcement in the Osage County town early Wednesday.
“We don’t know if it is marijuana. We don’t know if it is hemp,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s nothing new to report at this time.”
Woodward said authorities may not know the exact nature of the contents until Thursday.
Hemp, which can be used in clothing, paper, textiles and other products, is in the same plant family as marijuana but has negligible levels of THC, the mind-altering substance found in marijuana.
Both hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the plant cannabis sativa. It can be difficult to discern the difference, except through testing the THC level of a plant, Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese told The Oklahoman in 2017.
Pawhuska is about 60 miles northwest of Tulsa.