Arizona May Limitation Hemp Farms’ Distance to Cannabis Farms

December 13, 2019 by erfa5t8

AZ Hemp

Some of Arizona’s medical marijuana growers have actually shared their growing issues over hemp with state lawmakers.

The growers want a law enacted to require a multi-mile buffer zone between where hemp farmers can grow in relation to medical marijuana farms, Tucson.com reported. Hemp growers think 5 miles is more than adequate while cannabis growers think a minimum of 10 miles is essential.

Their issue is that hemp plants can cross-pollinate cannabis plants because they’re both part of the marijuana family. If pollen from male hemp plants reaches marijuana plants it could trigger the marijuana plants to stop producing their valuable THC. It would likewise cause marijuana plants to grow seeds, which would even more devalue the plants.

” As quickly as among our female plants gets pollinated it stops producing THC and any other medicinal quality,” stated Arizona medical marijuana grower Damien Kennedy. “What it does is it takes all of its nutrients and puts it into that seed.”

Kennedy thinks a 10-mile buffer zone is more suitable.

The town of Snowflake has currently embraced a 5-mile buffer zone, and lawmakers in Pima and Santa Cruz counties may enact a similar law quickly.

Nevertheless, a state senator– for some unknown reason– wants to produce a costs that would prohibit cities and counties from making hemp-related policies, which means that the Arizona Department of Farming would be the only entity that could enact hemp-related laws. If this takes place, Snowflake and all other towns in Arizona would need to end any hemp-related growing laws.

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