Marijuana Desert Kern County Becomes State’s Top Hemp Producer

Commercial marijuana may be off limits in Kern County but industrial hemp is another story. Just four months after the state began accepting registrations, Kern has become the No. 1 hemp producing county in the state.

As of Aug. 23, “the county’s Agricultural Commissioner's Office had registered 33 different entities planning to grow hemp on 76 sites comprising 6,864 acres, a county-wide total the agency said eclipses every other in the state,” Bakersfield.com reports.

The publication credits “minimal restrictions, ample land and a strong farming tradition.” Unlike other counties that have decided to permit hemp, Kern has no cultivation cap.

Some experts are worried that the overwhelming interest could lead to oversupply. The Agricultural Commissioner's Office says 80% of its time is now spent fielding inquiries from applicants.


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