County supervisors delay approving hemp ordinance to make amendments

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Seeing a need for amendments, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Sept. 15, postponed approval of a series of regulations on where and how hemp growers can operate within unincorporated areas of Riverside County. “I understand we’re facilitating an industry that has to grow crops, but we have to think about residences,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said. “I’m leaning toward increasing the distance between a crop and residences. I want to make sure we’re protecting those folks.” The proposed Industrial Hemp Cultivation and Manufacturing Ordinance, No. 348.4931, was the last public hearing on the board’s lengthy agenda, and supervisors expressed reservations even before a staff report was delivered. Supervisor Karen Spiegel said she doubted the proposed 1
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