The Tribune newspaper reports…

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed an industrial hemp ordinance May 5 after a year-long moratorium on industrial hemp growing in the county.

The county’s new ordinance places restrictions on where and how industrial hemp may be grown, limiting the potential for hemp farms to very few parcels, according to county Farm Bureau executive director Brent Burchett.

“The supervisors may have different opinions on this, but what they did was a defacto ban on industrial hemp,” Burchett said.

Under the new ordinance, the following guidelines must be followed:

Outdoor industrial hemp cultivation is prohibited in residential rural land use areas.

In order to grow industrial hemp outdoors, farmers must have 400 or more acres.

Outdoor industrial hemp farms must be a mile away from any village or urban reserve lines, and cultivation is not allowed within 2,00 feet from adjacent property lines.

No exceptions can be granted through a minor use permit.

A minimum of five acres is required for indoor industrial hemp cultivation.

Indoor cultivation must be in a fully enclosed greenhouse or permitted building; hoop houses will not be allowed.

Cultivation of industrial hemp transplants is allowed in residential rural land areas. However, indoor flowering industrial hemp is still prohibited in those areas.

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