(A version of this story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.)
Humboldt County in Northern California’s famed Emerald Triangle permanently banned outdoor cultivation of low-THC hemp varieties.
The unanimous 5-0 vote by the county Board of Supervisors comes after marijuana interests in the area argued that hemp could send male pollen onto higher-THC varieties and depress cannabinoid levels, the (Eureka) Times-Standard reported.
Humboldt County has had a temporary moratorium on outdoor hemp cultivation since 2018.
Ross Gordon, policy director for the Humboldt County Grower’s Alliance, told the Humboldt board that the county’s hemp moratorium should be made permanent because of the “many risks that industrial hemp poses to the cannabis industry here.”
In California, counties determine how and where the crops can be grown, leading to a patchwork of rules.