Redmond OKs hemp processing

REDMOND, Ore. – The city of Redmond will allow  hemp to be processed in the city’s industrial location.

Tuesday evening, the City Council authorized a code modify to permit for processing of hemp.

The city will permit firms to process hemp in its industrial zoned location. It is an location to the east of Highway 97 that is designated for heavy industrial makes use of that could have possible impacts such as odor or visitors.

Deputy City Manager John Roberts mentioned Redmond desires to be organization-friendly and permit for much more sorts of firms to come in and thrive in the city.

“Presently, hemp will be the state’s biggest money crop this year, and so there is pretty the demand for processing, as the market begins to evolve,” Roberts mentioned. “And once again, our council wanted a superior understanding of the status of hemp at the federal and state level, and we believe these updates to our code will align with what is intended to be legal.”

Tuesday night’s code modify did incorporate a line about odor from hemp processing, saying “Odors from industrial hemp processing shall not be detectable at the house line.”

NewsChannel 21 spoke with some Redmond residents Tuesday about hemp, and numerous mentioned their principal concern was the odor of the hemp as it is processed.

With that getting mentioned, a majority have been supportive of allowing hemp processing in the city. Numerous mentioned they see it as a good way to bring much more organization possibilities and jobs to town.

“But as far as obtaining clothes, rope, imports, exports, I believe it really is extremely very good item. It’s like cotton,” one particular resident mentioned.

In 30 days, the code modify requires impact and hemp will be permitted to be processed in Redmond’s industrial zone. Hemp processors have to acquire a organization license from the city, a lot like any other organization.