Oregon stops issuing industrial hemp licenses

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A tractor cuts a small plot of hemp at a University of Kentucky research plot near Lexington, Ky. The Oregon Agriculture Department stopped issuing licenses under its industrial hemp program Tuesday. (The Associated Press)
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Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 25, 2015 at 8:48 AM, updated August 25, 2015 at 12:29 PM

 

Oregon has temporarily stopped issuing licenses for industrial hemp, citing a range of complex policy issues that emerged during the program’s first year.

Oregon Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday their decision does not impact those currently licensed to grow hemp in the state. The decision is effective immediately and comes at the end of the current growing season. Officials hope to resolve the problems in time for next year’s growing season, said Lindsay Eng, who oversees Oregon’s hemp program. Eng said the decision to stop issuing licenses is not tied to concerns raised by marijuana growers who do not want hemp planted near their crops. Marijuana producers say hemp production near their crops poses a risk for cross pollination and threatens the quality of their cannabis crop. Eng said the agency needs to address a new law that reduces the license for hemp production from three years to one. The changes take effect Jan. 1. “We just didn’t feel it was prudent to continue issuing new three-year licenses when so much might change,” she said. More at Source

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