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 APPLIED FOR WITH 98% BEING FOR MARIJUANA PRODUCTION AND HEMP GROWER LICENSES ISSUED IN EACH COUNTY.
2018 HEMP FIELD LOCATED IN BORING OREGON ON PROCTOR ROAD-WAS A FORMER RASPBERRY FIELD, NOW BEING LEASED TO HEMP GROWERS. YOU CAN SMELL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IT IS LOCATED RIGHT NEXT TO A SCHOOL. CURRENTLY THERE ARE OVER 600 HEMPS GROWS IN OREGON.
HEMP VERSUS MARIJUANA
Can you tell the difference?
HEMP FIELDS IN OREGON ARE LICENSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND ARE UNREGULATED IN TERMS OF SIZE AND CONTROLLING THE SKUNK SMELL OF POT.
HEMP GROWS ARE TESTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 4 WEEKS BEFORE A HARVEST BY TAKING A RANDOM 30 PLANT TESTING AREA. IF THE GROW THC TESTS HIGHER THAN .3% THC, THEN THE ENTIRE CROP MUST BE DESTROYED. MANY CROPS ARE TESTING AS HIGH AS .67%.
THESE HEMP GROWS CREATE INCREASED TRAFFIC, SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT BACKGROUND CHECKED FREQUENTING THE AREA, EMIT THE SKUNKY SMELL OF POT MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR SURROUNDING NEIGHBORS TO ENJOY THEIR OWN PROPERTY, ARE LOCATED NEXT TO SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN PLAY AREAS AND ATTRACT BURGLARS.
MANY HEMP GROWS LOCATED IN AREAS WHERE RURAL RESIDENTAL HOMES ARE LOCATED ARE CAUSING ALARMING PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES FOR NEIGHBORS, CREATING ALLERGIC REACTIONS FROM THE ODORS AND SMELL, SENDING SOME TO EMERGENCY BECAUSE IT HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO BREATH. A RECENT TESTIMONY BY NEIGHBORS IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY CAN BE REVIEWED AT THE BELOW LINK AT TIMEFRAME 15:38-THIS IS A CLACKAMAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS BUSINESS MEETING UNDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATIONS:
MANY GROWERS ARE FLYING LOW LEVEL HELICOPTERS OVER THEIR CROPS TO KEEP THEM FROM FREEZING. OTHERS ARE SHOOTING OFF WEAPONS AT 2AM TO KEEP THE DEER OUT OF THEIR FIELDS BECAUSE THE DEER ARE EATING THEIR CROPS.
SOME GROWERS WHO ARE LOCATED IN A WET PART OF THE STATE ARE GROWING THEIR CROPS, THEN HARVESTING THEM AND THEN TRUCKING THESE HARVESTED PLANTS TO DRYER PARTS OF THE STATE, RENTING PROPERTY AND THEN SPREADING THEIR HARVEST IN THOSE FIELDS TO DRY. NEIGHBORS IN THOSE AREAS ARE COMPLAINING OF THE SMELL AND HOW THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN RURAL RESIDENTIAL FARMING PROPERTIES.
DESCHUTES COUNTY ARTICLE REVALS THE NEIGHBOR'S CONCERNS.
FIELD OF DRYING HEMP IN BEND CAUSES A STINK
THIEVES STEAL $15,000 WORTH OF HEMP PLANTS IN BARTON