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City of Medford considers hemp grow ban

Growing hemp within the city limits of Medford might soon be banned, adding to the current ban on growing recreational cannabis. Medford City Council on Thursday night reviewed possible code changes that address the city’s concerns over hemp, the cousin of cannabis that doesn’t get you high. The council also looked at where hemp processing facilities might be located, most likely in areas zoned industrial or heavy commercial. “We don’t want another situation like what’s happening at Oak Grove Elementary,” said Kevin Stine, Medford City Council president. The city currently doesn’t have any hemp grows inside city limits, though there

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Family runs deep at Murphy Hemp and Wellness

When it comes to the fast-growing hemp industry, the Murphy-based Doyle family does it all. They farm, press seed, breed hemp strains, buy, sell and trade hemp seeds and crops, develop products, facilitate online sales — and sell CBD products from their three Murphy Hemp and Wellness stores in Josephine County. The family is also deeply committed to educating both producers and consumers about hemp cultivation and the myriad uses for CBD products. For the Doyles, hemp is a passion that’s personal. “We’ve seen a lot of our family members transformed by CBD hemp healing properties,” said 21-year-old Luke Doyle,

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‘Keeping it lean, keeping it humble’

When I arrived at Lane Creek Hemp Co. off Old Stage Road in Central Point, the first thing I ran into was managing partner Lara Richardson butchering a pig that was raised on the farm. Lara’s meat saw followed along with a woman providing instructions on YouTube. I immediately thought, “Wow; these folks are real do-it-yourselvers!” By the time I left the farm, however, I was dialed in to the fact that the operations at Lane Creek Hemp Co. are really a family, team and community effort. After leaving Lara to the pig, I spent the next hour touring the

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Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University works for the future of cannabis

“Why global?” That’s one of the first questions Jay Noller, director of the Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University, is asked. The answer is rooted in both fact and vision. First, it is global because it represents research that is taking place across four countries in North America, Asia and Europe. The Hemp Innovation Center is the epicenter of some of the world’s leading pioneers in the science of hemp. Second, and maybe more importantly, it is a nod to the future of hemp and its potential to solve a host of global challenges — in health care,

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A haunted hemp harvest

Hemp’s ascendancy as Southern Oregon’s top crop came crashing down for some this season with at least four suicides, acres wiped out by mold and other catastrophes that turned fields of dreams into nightmares. “I think it’s a wakeup call, and that nothing is easy,” said Michael Monarch, a local pioneer in the industry who is owner and founder of Oregon Best Hemp LLC and co-owner of Epic Family Farms. Monarch said he’s familiar with one Applegate grower who committed suicide after mold destroyed his 20-acre crop. The grower baled up the wet hemp in plastic bags but didn’t compress

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In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

SAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. — On a foggy November day, farm workers take clippers to a field of bushy green plants, snipping tops full of flower buds dotted with flecks of sticky resin. By the end of the day, the cuttings dry inside a southeast Portland warehouse, hanging from tall plastic trellises like aromatic curtains. This harvest from a 22-acre patch of land looks, feels and smells like marijuana. But this is hemp cultivated to produce CBD, increasingly popular in pills, tinctures, oils, rubs and foods. Though lacking an intoxicating punch, CBD also is in high demand as a smokable flower

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It won’t be easy seeing green from hemp harvest

Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like many hemp growers in Jackson County, he was harvesting slowly, facing a mold problem and unhappy with prices offered by potential buyers. “We want a better price,” said Singh, a soil scientist and former garden store owner — and, he said,

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Southern Oregon growers dominate at Cultivation Classic

If you’re looking for the best sungrown cannabis in Oregon, you’ll find it right here in Southern Oregon. That fact became obvious after Southern Oregon cannabis farmers swept the sungrown categories at the annual Cultivation Classic in Portland and also took home all of the hemp awards, a terpene award, the Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award and the Credible Cultivar Award. The fourth annual Cultivation Classic, a two-day event that celebrates Oregon’s craft cannabis producers, was held May 18-19 at Revolution Hall, with activities all over Portland. The event culminates with an awards ceremony, and this year Southern Oregon growers made

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Science of growing champion buds

During a recent visit to Alter Farms just outside of Grants Pass, a late summer rain began to fall lightly, cooling the day and intensifying the pungent aroma of cannabis flowering in the field. I was on a mission to meet a few particular cannabis plants at the farm, and I didn’t mind getting a bit wet in order for introductions to be made. Last May, Alter Farms was honored at the fourth annual Cultivation Classic in Portland for three of its sun-grown strains. The company, headed by Cody Alter, Jodi Haines and Jason Rambo, took home first place in

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Horn Creek Hemp Company is a family affair

    Remember the good old days of the family farm, where kin of all generations showed up each day to plow, plant, weed, water and harvest crops and share in the fruits (biological and financial) of their labors — and the sense of security and community that brought? We’ve lost most of that to urbanized living and corporate ag — but, say the Murdochs of Jacksonville, hemp is helping their family bring it back. It’s a crop with the potential to do a lot of good in the world, so demand is high, and the long labors on their

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