By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
After all the hubbub over hemp pollen contaminating marijuana farms last spring, it turns out there was little to fear after all. Almost every one of those hemp farmers, including the one in Murphy, Oregon, were growing female plants for CBD, likely with few if any males in their gardens producing pollen.
In all, thirteen 3 year industrial hemp producer licenses were issued to growers that were each supposed to cultivate a minimum of 2.5 acres of industrial hemp. Of those licensed, only a few met the requirement of 2.5 acres.
The hemp, to be considered industrial, must have a THC level of 0.3% or less near the time of harvest, otherwise it is considered illegal and cannot be sold. This meant Ag department monitoring, inspecting and sampling. But, going a bit beyond the usual scope of their inspection, they discovered something else during their visits...big plants.