Losing the Buzz


pot_leafThis summer, Oregon pot farmers will be able to relax knowing that their delicate female buds will be safe from potential cross-contamination. Thanks to Peter Buckley’s House Bill 2668, created to enforce guidelines on the harvest of cannabis and its close relative, hemp, all hemp grow sites around Oregon will be controlled to avoid traveling male hemp spores which could cross-pollinate with nearby weed plants and lower their valuable THC content.

Because of HB 2668’s thinly disguised favor of marijuana over hemp, 13 lone hemp farmers—12 in Southern Oregon and one in the Willamette Valley—may be at risk of losing their crops. The conflict between pot planters and hemp farmers is complex, and regulations concerning the harvest of industrial hemp are even more complicated, especially when state rules are placed in contrast to federal law.

Earlier this year, Oregon hemp licensees were given special permission to grow hemp due to the medicinal benefits of CBD oil, a compound that can be cultivated from both hemp and pot. HB 2668 would designate a few of the hemp-growing sites for special research by OSU biology students, but some farmers worry that the bill would leave the rest of the hemp farms at risk for being plowed into the ground.

Hemp growers who’ll have to trash their buzz-free gardens will be compensated for the several thousand dollars each invested into the growing season, but will not be paid back for the local and national demand for CBD oil—a demand that could earn each hemp crop hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

By Kiki Genoa

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  1. bongstar420

    Ironically, the pot crowd forgot marijuana was outlawed to keep hemp from competing with corps they hate so much.

    Now the pot smokers want to make it tough on hemp so they can have an easy high. God forbid they be honest from the beginning and admit they only cared about hemp to the extent that it got them high.

    • JohnnyBeaver

      Awesome generalization — keep up the good work.

  2. CBDProducts

    What is so irritating is these ‘reporters’ are claiming that only cross-pollination will be the cause of lower THC levels in cannabis. They seem to leave out the fact that it is the seed production of the female plants and the energy that consumes is what lowers the THC level.

    Those statements also seem to lead us the reader that Medical Cannabis farmers will actually plant the seeds that develop from their plants the next season, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Without knowing what the male plant has in it’s genetic profile, why would a farmer waste their time growing that out?

    Those statements have been made countless times in recent months, and a little clarification would be ideal to better inform the public the real reasons for THC reduction, not some generalized “males make THC go down simply because they pollinate” garbage.

    Full reporting, please. Thanks.

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