Redmond OKs hemp processing

REDMOND, Ore. – The town of Redmond will permit  hemp to be processed within the metropolis’s industrial space.

Tuesday night time, the Metropolis Council permitted a code change to permit for processing of hemp.

The town will permit companies to course of hemp in its industrial zoned space. It is an space to the east of Freeway 97 that’s designated for heavy industrial makes use of that might have potential impacts equivalent to odor or site visitors.

Deputy Metropolis Supervisor John Roberts mentioned Redmond needs to be business-friendly and permit for extra forms of companies to return in and thrive within the metropolis.

“At present, hemp would be the state’s largest money crop this 12 months, and so there may be fairly the demand for processing, because the trade begins to evolve,” Roberts mentioned. “And once more, our council wished a greater understanding of the standing of hemp on the federal and state stage, and we expect these updates to our code will align with what is meant to be authorized.”

Tuesday night time’s code change did embody a line about odor from hemp processing, saying “Odors from industrial hemp processing shall not be detectable on the property line.”

NewsChannel 21 spoke with some Redmond residents Tuesday about hemp, and lots of mentioned their essential concern was the odor of the hemp as it’s processed.

With that being mentioned, a majority had been supportive of permitting hemp processing within the metropolis. Many mentioned they see it as an effective way to convey extra enterprise alternatives and jobs to city.

“However so far as having clothes, rope, imports, exports, I believe it is superb product. It is like cotton,” one resident mentioned.

In 30 days, the code change takes impact and hemp will likely be allowed to be processed in Redmond’s industrial zone. Hemp processors should acquire a enterprise license from town, very similar to another enterprise.