Hemp companies are starting to be looked at under the same scrutiny as marijuana businesses when it comes to local laws and ordinances dealing with how to zone the cultivation of cannabis to mitigate the offensive odor.
Boulder officials recently voted to limit hemp businesses to three within a 500-foot radius. According to the Daily Camera, this is an attempt to curb the offensive smells permeating from the close to five dozen hemp businesses across town.
The rule wouldn’t be less harsh, but exactly in line with current ones for marijuana businesses.
“With respect to odor, we want to encourage these types of businesses, whether they’re hemp or marijuana, to be concentrated and closer together because the more they’re spread out around town, the more residents and other businesses they’re going to impact,” Mayor Pro Tem Bob Yates said.
In other parts of Colorado, like the county of Pitkin, there is a push to have limits placed on how much hemp can be produced. The county already doesn’t allow marijuana cultivation.
While the county commission discussed these odorous allegations in May, they declined to take any action. They cited active right-to-farm laws that are already in place. Smell complaints are common in the agriculture industry in general, but cannabis cultivation holds a special disdain for many citizens.