Oregon may revoke all 13 licenses it issued to hemp growers earlier this year after officials said they made an error by neglecting to obtain GPS locations when determining who would win permits.
Amendments proposed this week would revoke all 13 licenses and instead allow six research permits to be issued for hemp fields that could be no closer than five miles from a marijuana cultivation site. They would also ban any new hemp licenses until the end of 2017.
Critics of the amendments said they would effectively kill the state’s hemp industry.
A Josephine County commissioner said the five-mile buffer zone would make it impossible for a producer to plant in her county, as it has a disproportionate number of marijuana cultivation sites, according to The Bend Bulletin, a central Oregon newspaper.