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.
If adopted, the ban would go into impact quickly, and the council would be in a position to extend it for a further 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 demands 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 numerous residents of Moorpark’s southern neighborhoods have referred to as the city and county more than the final a number of months to complain of “offensive odors from comparatively new and big-scale outside industrial hemp farms located in the Tierra Rejada Valley positioned quickly 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 possessing to encounter offensive odors, numerous 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 create CBD oil,” Brown and the other folks wrote.
Adoption of the proposed interim ordinance is vital to prohibit industrial hemp activities in the city mainly because they might conflict with zoning and municipal code regulations the city might want to adopt more than the subsequent a number of months, the officials wrote.
The moratorium would not ban the sale in Moorpark of Epidiolex, a CBD drug prescribed to treat two uncommon, extreme types of epilepsy, they wrote.
A different hemp proposal on agenda
“In addition to wellness impacts identified by residents, the city has concerns with house values and crime related with hemp cultivation,” the letter states.
The grievances led the supervisors to direct legal counsel to appear into whether Williams’ workplace could temporarily quit issuing permits for hemp production without the need of 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.
Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as properly as transportation countywide. You can speak to him at [email protected] or 805-437-0323.