Oregon Halts New Hemp Permits
The state of Oregon has stopped taking applications for permits to grow industrial hemp. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said the suspension will last until at least next spring.
Hemp growers and marijuana growers have clashed at the Oregon legislature. Pot farmers say cross-pollination from hemp can potentially harm marijuana plants.
They wanted state lawmakers to ban hemp production in parts of the state with lots of marijuana crops. That bill failed to pass. But the Oregon Department of Agriculture says it's putting a temporary halt to issuing hemp permits so that regulators and lawmakers can sort out a range of complex policy questions.
The decision won't affect a handful of hemp farmers who already have permits. The agency said it will reevaluate its decision following the 2016 legislative session.