CANNABIS CULTURE – Despite dubious hemp ban.
California’s cannabis mecca, Humboldt County, banned hemp farming last month, but local cannabis and hemp growers know this issue is far from over.
“What’s the rationale here? If people are growing feminized hemp flower, there should be no problem,” says Chris Boucher, CEO of Farmtiva, a hemp seed and flower producer.
The Humboldt County Grower’s Alliance (HCGA) told the Board of County Supervisors in a letter that cross-pollination was one of the reasons why industrial hemp should be banned from the county. In their letter, the HCGA cited a 2019 article that said about 8% of Oregon’s cannabis crop had been lost to pollination due to increased hemp cultivation.
Boucher’s greenhouse in southern California grows hemp seed but pollinates in a controlled environment. Boucher understood this ban was about halting licenses for industrial hemp grown for fiber on a mass scale, however that is not the only kind of hemp.
Hemp is defined as Cannabis sativa where THC is under 0.3%. Boucher explained