Proposed Bill in Oregon Threatens Hemp Production

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Proposed legislation in Oregon is addressing fears that hemp production in the state could impact marijuana plants by requiring a minimum buffer zone between areas zoned for cultivation of industrial hemp and marijuana grow sites.

Marijuana advocates fear cross-pollination with low-tetrahydrocannabinol hemp, leading state legislators to take up the issue. But hemp advocates say it is a two-way street, and the current bill unfairly singles out hemp farmers while doing  little to remedy broader concerns of cross-pollination on both sides of the aisle.

“The whole conversation in the media has been relating to cross pollination between hemp and marijuana, but a second part to that conversation is that marijuana can also cross pollinate with hemp,” Courtney N. Moran, LL.M., an Oregon attorney who advocates for agricultural industrial hemp, told MJINews.

“Industrial hemp growers are concerned if a high-THC strain [pollinates their plant] it could affect its THC concentration,” Moran said. Industrial...

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