Moorpark council to think about interim hemp ban amid complaints meeting moved to Dec. 18


By Mike Harris

Moorpark officials say dozens of residents have complained to the city about robust odors from industrial hemp farms in the neighboring Tierra Rejada Valley in unincorporated Ventura County.

In response, the Moorpark City Council on Dec. 18 will think about an interim, 45-day moratorium banning the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, storing and particular sales of industrial hemp in the city.

If adopted, the ban would go into impact straight away, and the council would be in a position to extend it for a different 10 months and 15 days at a future meeting.

The proposed moratorium was initially scheduled to be considered at Wednesday night’s council meeting, but mainly because only 3 council members will be in attendance, it was postponed till the Dec. 18 meeting. That is mainly because such an interim ordinance calls for 4 votes to be adopted.

Residents complain about hemp odors

In a report to the council, City Manager Troy Brown, City Lawyer Kevin Ennis and Assistant City Lawyer Nicholas Ghirelli wrote that quite a few residents of Moorpark’s southern neighborhoods have referred to as the city and county more than the final quite a few months to complain of “offensive odors from somewhat new and substantial-scale outside industrial hemp farms located in the Tierra Rejada Valley situated straight away south of the city.”

The valley is in unincorporated Ventura County, exactly where hemp crops are permitted. Congress legalized the crop final year.

“Aside from getting to knowledge offensive odors, quite a few of these residents also have complained of headaches, nausea, sore throats and other physical side effects from breathing and smelling the distinctive odor generated by industrial hemp grown to generate CBD oil,” Brown and the other people wrote.


Adoption of the proposed interim ordinance is important to prohibit industrial hemp activities in the city mainly because they may well conflict with zoning and municipal code regulations the city may well want to adopt more than the subsequent quite a few months, the officials wrote.

The moratorium would not ban the sale in Moorpark of Epidiolex, a CBD drug prescribed to treat two uncommon, serious types of epilepsy, they wrote.

A different hemp proposal on agenda

Also on Dec. 18, the council will think about authorizing a letter from Mayor Janice Parvin to be sent to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and county Agricultural Commissioner Ed Williams, urging them to ban the cultivation of hemp in unincorporated regions, or at least think about a short-term moratorium.

“In addition to well being impacts identified by residents, the city has concerns with home values and crime related with hemp cultivation,” the letter states.

The supervisors held a Nov. 19 meeting in the Moorpark City Council’s chambers exactly where they heard complaints from angry residents about the robust odors from the Tierra Rejada Valley hemp farms.

The grievances led the supervisors to direct legal counsel to appear into whether Williams’ workplace could temporarily quit issuing permits for hemp production with no operating afoul of state and federal laws.

The Moorpark City Council’s Dec. 18 meeting starts at six:30 p.m. in the council’s City Hall chambers, 799 Moorpark Ave.

The meeting’s agenda, like the report on the proposed hemp ban, can be located on the city’s web page,

Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as effectively as transportation countywide. You can speak to him at [email protected] or 805-437-0323.


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