Oregon Group Works on Rules for Industrial Hemp

Nov 9, 2013

Ore­gon farm­ers could put in a crop of indus­trial hemp next spring if a panel of experts can sat­isfy fed­eral offi­cials with a set of tightly drawn rules. The com­mit­tee of agri­cul­tural experts and state pol­icy offi­cials has been selected by the Ore­gon Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and will come together in Decem­ber, the Ore­gon­ian reported . The com­mit­tee hopes to set up a pro­gram that will meet what the fed­eral gov­ern­ment calls a “robust” stan­dard, said Jim Cramer, a mar­ket and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion offi­cial in the depart­ment. He said the goal is to do so in time for plant­ing. Ore­gon is one of seven states with laws per­mit­ting indus­trial hemp — a strain of mar­i­juana with only a trace of the plant’s psy­choac­tive chem­i­cal. Hemp’s his­toric use has been for rope. These days it is put to hun­dreds of uses: cloth­ing and mulch from the fiber, for instance, and foods such as hemp milk and cook­ing oil from the seeds, as well as creams, soap and lotions. Ore­gon offi­cials have held off imple­ment­ing the state’s 2009 law, say­ing they would wait until the fed­eral gov­ern­ment reclas­si­fied mar­i­juana from a sub­stance prone to abuse and lack­ing med­i­c­i­nal value. That has not hap­pened, but an opin­ion issued in late August explained the fed­eral government’s deci­sion against chal­leng­ing recre­ational mar­i­juana laws in Wash­ing­ton and Col­orado. The memo set pri­or­i­ties on mar­i­juana and said a “robust” sys­tem for enforc­ing state mar­i­juana laws is less likely to threaten fed­eral pri­or­i­ties. Cramer said his depart­ment sought writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment that it would not oppose an indus­trial hemp pro­gram in Ore­gon, but it hasn’t got­ten a for­mal response. “What we want is for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to say these are robust,” he said of the rules the group is draft­ing. He said the com­mit­tee is research­ing indus­trial hemp rules in Col­orado, North Dakota and Canada. He said Oregon’s rules will cover fees, hemp pro­cess­ing and test­ing that ensures the level of the plant’s psy­choac­tive chem­i­cal, tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol, is less than 0.3 per­cent. Source: Register-Guard, The (OR) Pub­lished: Novem­ber 6, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 The Register-Guard Con­tact: rgletters@​guardnet.​com Web­site: http://​www​.reg​is​ter​guard​.com/

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