Hemp cultivation in San Benito County halted again – KSBW Monterey


Hemp cultivation in San Benito County halted again - KSBW Monterey

Concerns over smell and security led the San Benito County Board of Supervisors this week to extend its moratorium on hemp cultivation.It comes after residents complained about the plant’s strong odor wafting where it might not be welcome. Others expressed the need for stronger enforcement codes to address potential security problems.In the urgency ordinance, the Board states that “there is a current and immediate threat to the public health, safety and welfare arising from the fact that the current hemp ordinance needs revisions”.Hemp became a legal crop at the end of 2018 with the passage of the 2018 farm bill which legalized it as an agricultural commodity while removing it from the list of controlled substances. It is a variety of cannabis that has little to no THC, so it can’t get anyone high.San Benito County supervisors originally green lighted its cultivation in September 2019.Three months later, they backtracked and approved a 45-day moratorium on cultivation.This week’s vote extends the moratorium for up to 10 months and 15 days.

Concerns over smell and security led the San Benito County Board of Supervisors this week to extend its moratorium on hemp cultivation.

It comes after residents complained about the plant’s strong odor wafting where it might not be welcome. Others expressed the need for stronger enforcement codes to address potential security problems.

In the urgency ordinance, the Board states that “there is a current and immediate threat to the public health, safety and welfare arising from the fact that the current hemp ordinance needs revisions”.

Hemp became a legal crop at the end of 2018 with the passage of the 2018 farm bill which legalized it as an agricultural commodity while removing it from the list of controlled substances. It is a variety of cannabis that has little to no THC, so it can’t get anyone high.

San Benito County supervisors originally green lighted its cultivation in September 2019.

Three months later, they backtracked and approved a 45-day moratorium on cultivation.

This week’s vote extends the moratorium for up to 10 months and 15 days.


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