House Bill 2668 was rejected with a 13 to 17 vote. The proposal would have required the state Department of Agriculture to revoke all 13 of the hemp permits issued this year, with additional permits not granted until 2017. The measure was opposed by all 12 Republicans, who were joined in opposition by 5 Democrats.
Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has approved rules and regulations for the industrial hemp industry, and officially began accepting applications this week from those wanting to grow hemp. The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized through last year’s passage of Measure 91.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture hope that with the rules being approved now, farmers will be in a position to begin planting seeds in the spring. Those wanting to do so will need to pay a $1,500 licensing fee, and will need to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or lower for all of their crops.