Monday, October 14, 2019
Local farmers recently raised what seemed like a simple question: Anyone growing hemp legally in Kern County ought to be able to sell it on the side of the road just like growers of other crops, right?
"If they are selling it to smoke, then it is marijuana, not hemp," Kern County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Angela Monroe said by email, citing direction from the department's narcotics sergeant. "He also says if they are selling buds, again, that's not industrial help. That's marijuana."
The whole thing has put the county ag commissioner in a difficult position.
Glenn Fankhauser said at least two local growers have approached him about their proposal to set up roadside hemp stands for the purpose of selling some of their crop to smokers.
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