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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Moratorium on Hemp Cultivation

Flowering industrial hemp plant

On November 17, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to enact Ordinance No. 2020-28, an urgency interim ordinance imposing a 45 day moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation. On December 15, 2020, the Board voted to enact Ordinance No. 2020-30, extending the moratorium until March 10, 2021. On March 9, 2021, Ordinance No. 2021-10 (PDF) further extended the moratorium to September 30, 2021. While the moratorium is in effect, no new registrations for the cultivation of hemp will be issued, and current registrations will not be renewed unless the grower's existing cultivation site is located more than one mile outside the Urban Limit Line or is located within an existing, legally established greenhouse. Growers that meet the renewal criteria may continue cultivation of industrial hemp under this interim ordinance subject to the following restrictions:

· cultivation of nursery stock is prohibited

· movement of plants from the site at any time prior to harvest is prohibited

· artificial lighting at an industrial hemp cultivation site is prohibited

For more information, please contact the Department of Agriculture at (925) 608-6600. 

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