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By Mike Harris
Supply: vcstar.com

Moorpark officials say dozens of residents have complained to the city about sturdy odors from industrial hemp farms in the neighboring Tierra Rejada Valley in unincorporated Ventura County.

In response, the Moorpark City Council on Dec. 18 will contemplate an interim, 45-day moratorium banning the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, storing and specific sales of industrial hemp in the city.

If adopted, the ban would go into impact right away, and the council would be capable to extend it for yet another 10 months and 15 days at a future meeting.

The proposed moratorium was initially scheduled to be considered at Wednesday night’s council meeting, but mainly because only 3 council members will be in attendance, it was postponed till the Dec. 18 meeting. That is mainly because such an interim ordinance calls for 4 votes to be adopted.

Residents complain about hemp odors

In a report to the council, City Manager Troy Brown, City Lawyer Kevin Ennis and Assistant City Lawyer Nicholas Ghirelli wrote that a lot of residents of Moorpark’s southern neighborhoods have referred to as the city and county more than the final various months to complain of “offensive odors from somewhat new and big-scale outside industrial hemp farms located in the Tierra Rejada Valley situated right away south of the city.”

The valley is in unincorporated Ventura County, exactly where hemp crops are permitted. Congress legalized the crop final year.

“Aside from possessing to expertise offensive odors, a lot of of these residents also have complained of headaches, nausea, sore throats and other physical side effects from breathing and smelling the distinctive odor generated by industrial hemp grown to create CBD oil,” Brown and the other people wrote.

 

Adoption of the proposed interim ordinance is needed to prohibit industrial hemp activities in the city mainly because they may well conflict with zoning and municipal code regulations the city may well want to adopt more than the subsequent various months, the officials wrote.

The moratorium would not ban the sale in Moorpark of Epidiolex, a CBD drug prescribed to treat two uncommon, extreme types of epilepsy, they wrote.

An additional hemp proposal on agenda

Also on Dec. 18, the council will contemplate authorizing a letter from Mayor Janice Parvin to be sent to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and county Agricultural Commissioner Ed Williams, urging them to ban the cultivation of hemp in unincorporated locations, or at least contemplate a short-term moratorium.

“In addition to well being impacts identified by residents, the city has concerns with house values and crime related with hemp cultivation,” the letter states.

The supervisors held a Nov. 19 meeting in the Moorpark City Council’s chambers exactly where they heard complaints from angry residents about the sturdy odors from the Tierra Rejada Valley hemp farms.

The grievances led the supervisors to direct legal counsel to appear into whether Williams’ workplace could temporarily cease issuing permits for hemp production without the need of operating afoul of state and federal laws.

The Moorpark City Council’s Dec. 18 meeting starts at six:30 p.m. in the council’s City Hall chambers, 799 Moorpark Ave.

The meeting’s agenda, which includes the report on the proposed  hemp ban, can be located on the city’s internet site, moorparkca.gov.

Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as properly as transportation countywide. You can get in touch with him at [email protected] or 805-437-0323.

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