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Marijuana Farmers VS Hemp Farmers Over Pollen


federal farm bill hemp amendment researchComplaints from legal marijuana farms have halted the issuance of hemp farming licenses in Oregon- for now.

Both types of farms are authorized under Oregon law. Marijuana, used for medicine and recreation, and hemp, used for industrial and commercial purposes, are plants in the same family. That means they can cross-breed.

The Oregonian reports that marijuana farmers are concerned that the hemp plants will spread their pollen over wide swaths of countryside and accidentally pollinate their marijuana plants. Cannabis plants are genetically selected to produce robust flowers typically grown in the absence of male plants.

No males, no seeds. Marijuana flowers without seeds, generically called sensimilla, are the most cost-effective and prized of the cannabis flower products. Plants that put energy into growing seeds produce smaller flowers, which reduce their market value. Fields that are accidentally pollinated could cost growers thousands of dollars on every acre from low yields.

Marijuana farmers successfully argued to the state government that an unchecked expansion of hemp farming could lead to trouble. They propose that hemp farming be banned in the entire southern portion of Oregon- the area most known for producing an outstanding marijuana crop- or at least kept away from the three most prosperous counties for cannabis production.

Existing hemp farmers can continue to plow their fields. The ban is on new licensees, and it looks like the issue won’t be settled until 2017, per the Oregonian.

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Source: The Compassion Chronicles



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  1. jasen joseph hylbert on

    The folks against hemp are the same people who do not want you to grow a lot of your own. A plant which could be grown by the window by every person who consumes it is instead turned into a corruption deoendant industry which is now standing in the way of food production. What a disgrace to cannabis culture these anti hemp people are!

    You are wrong about the effects of pollen. In India there are wild stands of cannabis which contain individual plants which are very high thc growing amongst others with not so high thc. What this is really about is the continuing kicking and screaming from the pot cartels about wanting the government to declare its reason for existing to be propping up their corrupt industry. Grow your own! Boycott the anti hemp pot cartels!

  2. flying pollen is organic. get over it.
    this is a different matter than say monsanto creating a new strain and then spreading its pollen so they can close other farmers that have “their” product growing without a license.THAT is bogus,its also settled law. (far as i know)

  3. hemp is an outdoor crop, that isnt going to change. the only reasonable response from cannabis producers is to isolate their own crops.

  4. Hemp only offers greater value in products because marijuana plants have been forbidden for so long that those who grow hemp simply aren’t prepared to grow the better variety.

  5. Prior to prohibition, cannabis was a three commodity crop (stalk for fiber, seeds for animal feed and oil production, and buds for medical use). Now Hemp farmers must grow low THC varieties certified for hemp production. This gives them a two commodity crop with the buds discarded as a worthless byproduct.
    However, there is no reason that new varieties can’t be developed that produce both quality fiber and high THC buds. And once both Hemp and Marijuana are fully legal, farmers will fight for the right to once again grow a crop that produces both.

  6. I guess they will have to alternate growing seasons. One year a farmer will grow cannabis, the next season they grow hemp. Pretty simple.

  7. A bit ironic, as hemp was used as argument against the prohibition. Is it not possible to develop good filters for the indoor growing, to prevent any pollen from getting in?

  8. So basically the cannabis farmers are arguing that their crops are of more importance? I am all for cannabis legalization but to call for an outright ban of hemp in a portion of the state is fucking ridiculous. One can even argue that hemp in and of itself offers greater value in products than cannabis itself if they really want to argue priority. If the cannabis farmers are so concerned, take your grow inside and seal off your rooms to keep the pollen out.

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