Redmond OKs hemp processing

REDMOND, Ore. – The city of Redmond will allow  hemp to be processed in the city’s industrial location.

Tuesday evening, the City Council authorized a code transform to let for processing of hemp.

The city will let enterprises to process hemp in its industrial zoned location. It really is an location to the east of Highway 97 that is designated for heavy industrial makes use of that could have possible impacts such as odor or targeted traffic.

Deputy City Manager John Roberts stated Redmond desires to be small business-friendly and let for extra forms of enterprises to come in and thrive in the city.

“Presently, hemp will be the state’s biggest money crop this year, and so there is pretty the demand for processing, as the sector begins to evolve,” Roberts stated. “And once more, our council wanted a greater understanding of the status of hemp at the federal and state level, and we believe these updates to our code will align with what is intended to be legal.”

Tuesday night’s code transform did involve a line about odor from hemp processing, saying “Odors from industrial hemp processing shall not be detectable at the house line.”

NewsChannel 21 spoke with some Redmond residents Tuesday about hemp, and lots of stated their principal concern was the odor of the hemp as it is processed.

With that getting stated, a majority have been supportive of allowing hemp processing in the city. A lot of stated they see it as a wonderful way to bring extra small business possibilities and jobs to town.

“But as far as obtaining clothes, rope, imports, exports, I believe it is pretty superior item. It’s like cotton,” one particular resident stated.

In 30 days, the code transform requires impact and hemp will be permitted to be processed in Redmond’s industrial zone. Hemp processors will have to acquire a small business license from the city, a great deal like any other small business.