Planning Commission recommends zone changes to allow ‘industrial hemp’

At the Wednesday, February 26, meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission, commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors amend Ordinance No. 352 consistent with the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s industrial hemp regulations. The passing of the amended ordinance, when approved by the supervisors in the next 30 days, effectively establishes zones for the growing and processing of industrial hemp.

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.

A 250,000 square foot hemp-flower drying facility owned by Nightingale Industries Inc. of Medford, Oregon.

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.

2 thoughts on “Planning Commission recommends zone changes to allow ‘industrial hemp’

  • March 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Good! I knit with yarn made from hemp …. it’s a great fiber, kinda like linen and bamboo. I also use therapeutic hot cream for sore muscles and joints. Woops! Sorry! That’s made from cannabis hemp oil and other stuff. But it’s good too. And I can’t image eating it ….. perhaps a tea?

  • March 13, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Will there be large, industrial size warehouse type buildings, such as the 250,000 square foot “hemp flower drying facility in the photograph? Will the hemp factory need water? Make waste? How many acres will be used by the factory? Where exactly will it or them be situated?
    Thank you, in advance, for answering these questions. I am not the only resident who is concerned about the development of our unique surroundings and life style.


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