Supervisors delay approving hemp ordinance to make amendments

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Seeing a need for amendments, the 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 & 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 1,000-foot buffer
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