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Lessons Learned in Regulating Hemp

As our population grows, California is grappling with the challenge of preserving our working lands while providing adequate housing. Development has crept into traditional agricultural land especially in jurisdictions hostile to infill development. Recognizing the vital importance of agriculture, the state, counties and cities have adopted protections, such as the Williamson Act, the Right to Farm Act, local Right to Farm Ordinances, and local General Plan Agriculture Elements and zoning ordinances. However, these laws do not always resolve potential conflicts. Rather, the increasing population around agricultural lands, and (some) staff and decision-makers’ lack of knowledge about agriculture can turn the regulatory balance against protecting the industry. This is particularly true with hemp. Here we outline lessons learned from local efforts to regulate hemp to provide insight into strategies to resolve conflicts at the urban/agriculture interface. >> continue reading


Beth Collins Shareholder, Chris Guillen Associate

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