Lawmakers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have enacted a 45-day moratorium on hemp businesses, the East Bay Times reports. The City Council approved the ban after Assistant to the City Manager Jordan Davis cautioned that the city’s current cannabis ordinance does not address hemp and the city needs an opportunity to draft industry regulations.
In 2015, Pittsburgh lawmakers voted 7-2 to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 30 grams within city limits.
Davis said that hemp carries “similar concerns” to THC-rich products because it’s “basically indistinguishable from other types of cannabis” and has potential odor issues. The moratorium includes personal cultivation, but Davis said under the city’s rules “it’s probably something that would be allowed.”
“This would prevent any use of the biomass in the city of Pittsburg. You could not cultivate or extract from it (hemp) or do anything with the plant biomass.” – Davis, during remarks to the Pittsburgh City Council, via the East Bay Times
The ban would not stop sales of CBD products in the city from already approved products, he said.
In January, after the hemp was removed from the federal drug schedule, the state scrapped the growing limitations of its industrial hemp pilot program, which had capped the industry at 84 conditional participants and just 100 acres of plants. Under the federal changes, however, state regulators must submit hemp cultivation plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval.
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