Deep in the greater Los Angeles area of California, the City Council of Thousand Oaks has voted to extend its moratorium on new hemp businesses in town. On September 24, they initiated the 45-day moratorium. The extension brings that date out until September 24, 2020.
The city will not allow any new business to start in the city that seeks to cultivate, process, dry, store, manufacture or sell hemp. This moratorium does not apply to the city’s existing businesses, only seeking to stem the start of new ones.
“To me, this is a good, common-sense step to take for the city,” council member Al Adam told the VC Star. “Keep in mind, there have been requests for a huge amount of warehouse space to bring hemp in and dry it … (and) a request for a number of shops on T.O. Boulevard. We don’t know what that proliferation could mean,” he said. “We don’t know the consequences of this as far as transportation, as far as odor and all the different problems that could occur. So there’s just a lot of questions, and we need time to look at the positive and the negative impacts.”
The aim of the council is to prevent businesses that would seek to use selling hemp as a workaround for the city’s ban on selling marijuana. The council is also looking out for its citizens who are already complaining about the skunky odor of hemp that is already being cultivated. They are confident in their decision to ban the cultivation of hemp within the city limits. Growers are still allowed to cultivate hemp in unincorporated areas that are regulated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.