Talk about the growing of hemp is usually talk about in terms of acres and dollar signs. The drive is always for more hemp and more profits, but for other rural residents of the most active cannabis states, their way of life is rapidly changing.
Arnie Abrams has lived in Ashland, Oregon for 38 years. He’s led a peaceful countryside life with nothing but scenic views of his home valley. The last few years have brought drastic changes to this paradigm. Hemp farmers have purchased the land all around him, and now a processing plant is planned to be built across the street. Despite joining with his neighbors to oppose the project, it already has approval by the county and looks set to continue moving forward.
The 100-by-100-foot commercial plant will be used for hemp oil extraction on property owned by Magu Maiden Farms. The facility originally intended to use ethanol to extract the hemp, but the county rejected that because of the increased fire danger and ground contamination that using ethanol would cause. The plant intends to use CO2 as a solvent instead.
Arnie expressed his interest to move but isn’t optimistic about his ability to sell a property that is surrounded by hemp fields. He refers to the CBD to be extracted from the hemp as ‘snake oil.’ The property surrounding his own used to be owned by former Sheriff Mike Winters, where it was used to raise cattle.