Oregon's Department of Agriculture issues Hemp Licenses and to date license requests have tripled since January of 2016 and there have been over 220 Hemp licenses issued as of 7-25-17 for seed dealers such as; (Costco, BiMart, Marshalls, Thrifty Payless, Walmart, Lowes, Albertsons, K Mart, Kroger, Cutters High School Pharmacy, Geren's Feed Boring), and licenses for wholesale seed dealers,hemp growers, and hemp handlers. The Oregon Department of Agriculture does not have the authority to regulate HEMP, therefore it is left up to the Counties and Cities to develop land use regulations.
If your county does not have any HEMP land use regulations, large HEMP growers can grow on just about every zone there is, even in your mom's back yard, with no restrictions on number of plants, no restrictions on type of plant male or female, no setbacks, no frontage road requirements, no lighting requirements for greenhouses, no hours of operation, no traffic limitations, no concentrate or extract processing limitations, basically turning your once quiet community into a HEMP production and processing zone.
Neighbors across Oregon are complaining of these open visible fields of HEMP. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is issuing HEMP licenses for a land use activity without the involvement or consultation of the local planning departments, simply because the DOA does not have authority to regulate HEMP according to the Department of Justice as HEMP is not federally legal.
Processing industrial HEMP and agricultural HEMP seed is a commercial use in conjunction with farm use in applicable resource zones and as an outright use in appropriate industrial zones. In many counties any use that requires an ODA industrial hemp handler license requires a local land use review.
Like medical and recreational marijuana which requires a LUCS Land Use Compatibility Statement from local planning departments before being issued a license, the same should hold true for all HEMP production in our communities. Right now many are setting up HEMP grows in your mom's backyard without any land use regulation requirements.
If you find yourself with a large HEMP grow moving in next door contact your local Board of County Commissioners or City Counsel, and planning departments and require that they provide HEMP production and processing land use regulations in your area.
THE CHART BELOW REVEALS THE NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LICENSES WITH 98% BEING FOR MARIJUANA PRODUCTION AND HEMP GROWER LICENSES ISSUED IN EACH COUNTY TO DATE
Unwanted Pot Grows
HEMP VERSUS MARIJUANA
Can you tell the difference?