Napa Supervisors Pass Moratorium on Hemp
Napa County supervisors have enacted a 45-day moratorium on industrial hemp production citing the issue’s novelty, the Napa Valley Register reports.
“You don’t want to hang your pictures before the dry wall is up,” Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Anna Norton told the board Tuesday. The temporary ban, which can be extended beyond the 45-day period, will give Napa time to craft a position and regulations governing the potentially lucrative crop.
Napa has expressed the same concerns as more than two dozen other counties that have temporarily blocked hemp cultivation activities. For starters, hemp cannot be differentiated from marijuana through observation alone. The plants must be tested after maturation. Pests, nearby crop contamination, crime, and the lack of state rules were other concerns cited by the board.
In addition to the moratorium, supervisors ordered a report on a citizens initiative to legalize and regulate commercial marijuana activities in Napa.