Why aren’t there fences around that cannabis?

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A few years ago, there was a big deal made about the fences surrounding the pot crops. Now, anyone can just walk up to the grow sites, including kids. What happened to the fence law? I didn’t particularly like the look of them, but it made sense to keep children away from it.

— Dave S., Medford

Fences were a big deal after cannabis was legalized, and they are still a requirement for recreational cannabis — the kind that gets you high — which is subject to a different set of rules than hemp.

Yes, those fences got a lot of people upset, many calling them unsightly. Some of the earlier fences were made of fabric.

Hemp, which has only a trace of THC, has very few rules and is considered an agricultural crop, much the same as corn or pumpkins. As a result, there is no requirement for hemp to be fenced. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission oversees recreational marijuana, but not hemp. The regulatory agency in charge of hemp is the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Even the federal government recognizes that hemp is different than pot. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp nationwide.

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