The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance Tuesday to increase a brief moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation within the coastal zone for an additional six months because the county awaits suggestions from the California Coastal Fee.
Again in February, the board unanimously handed a everlasting ban on industrial hemp cultivation, changing the short-term moratorium that was set to run out Might 10. Although the ban was “everlasting,” the ordinance was handed with the intention to be amended at a future date to permit non-commercial hemp cultivation for analysis functions.
The School of the Redwoods expressed curiosity in restricted cultivation of commercial hemp for academic and analysis functions at its Tompkins Hill Highway campus in October 2020. Humboldt County Planning Fee workers then drafted inland and coastal industrial hemp ordinances that continued the present moratorium in unincorporated areas of the county with an exception for CR by way of a particular allow course of.
Throughout a Might 18 supervisors assembly, the board adopted a 45-day short-term moratorium on the cultivation of commercial hemp by “Established Agricultural Analysis Establishments” and any growers of commercial hemp within the coastal zone, in keeping with the workers report. As a result of the coastal zone boundary bisects the CR campus, the coastal ordinance was handed on to the Coastal Fee for assessment.
Michael Richardson, Humboldt County supervising planner, famous that Tuesday’s agenda merchandise “continues a dialog we’ve been having by way of a number of years.”
“We’ve a moratorium in place within the inland components of the county and we’re ready for the Coastal Fee to make efficient our moratorium within the coastal components of the county,” he stated. “Whereas we’re ready, we need to prohibit any cultivation within the interim.”
If accepted, the prolonged moratorium would endure for an additional six months to provide the Coastal Fee time to assessment and certify the county’s proposed ordinance, Richardson stated.
Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone famous that the moratorium at hand involved industrial hemp cultivation, not private use.
“Private use nonetheless prevails on the state degree and so you possibly can develop six hashish crops per residence, legally with none permits,” he stated. “So, if you wish to develop CBD-rich hemp you are able to do that six crops. (For those who) need to develop THC crops you possibly can develop these six crops. For these which are on the lookout for CBD for private use, you are able to do that. I simply need to be sure people notice this doesn’t forestall that.”
Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson requested Humboldt County Planning and Constructing director John Ford to make clear why prohibition was crucial within the coastal zone.
“That six plant minimal actually applies to the state legislation, proper?” Wilson requested. “The purpose of that is principally that if we didn’t have this prohibition, you possibly can develop as a lot as you need by way of hemp and CBD and, I feel so far as I perceive, not one of the metropolis jurisdictions have this prohibition, but.”
“I imagine that it’s all right,” Ford stated. “Arcata does enable hemp and I’m undecided what Eureka and Fortuna do.”
After about 10 minutes of debate, supervisors unanimously voted to undertake the urgency ordinance in a 5-0 vote.
The board will take into account approval of a particular allow for CR following the Coastal Fee’s assessment of the coastal use ordinance.