The cultivation will be allowed in all agricultural zones and manufacturing zones outside of “urban development,” which is consistent with setback requirements in the Ag Commissioners’s regulations. Production/indoor cultivation in the manufacturing zones will be “by right ” in the M-2 zones, but still require a use permit in the M-1 zones. Those producers who also want to grow hemp outdoors must do so with an agricultural permit.
The Deputy Ag Commissioner, who attended the meeting to answer questions, admitted there is still confusion as to the difference between industrial hemp and legalized cannabis used for medicinal and recreational purposes.
In hopes of providing answers to frequently asked questions about industrial hemp, 3RNews presents an exclusive two-part interview with Joy Beckerman, president of the Hemp Industries Association.
In part one (above), Beckerman reveals her background and how she discovered a life-changing book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes (1985). Citing text from the book’s back cover: “If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse Greenhouse Effect, and stop deforestation, then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles, meet all the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere… that substance is Hemp!
In part two (below), Beckerman documents an array of uses for hemp that are only limited now by the lack of processing infrastructure. She explains that the current market is saturated with seed processing for CBD.
“But just plant it, California farmers, and the investment and infrastructure will follow closely behind,” she said.