Calaveras County Is Putting The Brakes On Hemp Farming

Calaveras County Is Putting The Brakes On Hemp Farming

Calaveras County is putting the brakes on hemp farming over the short term. With board members pointing out that it’s a temporary moratorium, as opposed to a ban; the vote to approve the industrial hemp moratorium was 5-0.  The issue came up after the 2018 US Farm Bill legalized the commercial production of hemp, as previously it was outlawed, and lumped in with cannabis cultivation.   Calaveras Ag Commissioner Kevin Wright urged the board of supervisors to pass a moratorium, at least until an ordinance is adopted related to local hemp cultivation.  Things need to be determined related to zoning, buffer zones, and limiting the impacts of odor to neighbors.   It was noted that this matter is completely separate from the commercial cannabis cultivation ban in place in Calaveras County.   

Written by KVGC Staff

 

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