A solution for unwanted cross-pollination of hemp and marijuana
By Keith Mansur
After decades of prohibition, the cultivation of hemp and medical marijuana are now allowed in Oregon. Hemp licenses have been issued and medical marijuana has long been legally grown in the state. Due to the passage of Measure 91 in November 2014, personal cultivation of marijuana will be allowed as of July 1, 2015, and commercial production for the coming retail market will begin. The conflict between marijuana and hemp production is inevitable due to the differing nature of the same species plant and the need to control traits in plants, yields from harvests, and quality of product. The easiest and most effective way to insure both industries can thrive is to create appellate cultivation system, or cannabis appellation regions, in the state.