Tulare Extends Moratorium on Hemp
Tulare County has extended its moratorium on hemp cultivation for the legal maximum of 22 months and 15 days. As the growth of industrial hemp quickly becomes a lucrative trade in states nationwide, county leaders say a long pause is needed to sort out the questions and develop regulations.
The interest in hemp is big among Tulare’s ag community, a recent survey shows. But “there’s a lot of uncertainty out there and any move made today would be in error,” said Supervisor Pete Vander Poel (the Sun-Gazette). The federal government still hasn’t issued rules for the crop and it remains difficult to distinguish hemp from marijuana. Citing those reasons, Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner Tom Tucker supported extending the ban.
More than a dozen counties have approved hemp moratoriums. San Luis Obispo and Imperial County are exceptions. As CalMarijuanaPolicy reported last week, Imperial is embracing the crop full stop.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp at the federal level and, last month, California approved industrial hemp registration. The California Department of Food and Agriculture is expected to develop regulations for industrial hemp later this year.