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October 13, 2020                                                                                                                                                                            (530) 621-6647


WHAT:         El Dorado County's Ad hoc Hemp committee will hold a meeting to discuss the Board of Supervisors request of 9/22/2020. (In motion below) The meeting is open to the                         public via Zoom for comments and participation.

 WHEN:        Thursday October 29, 2020


WHERE:       ZOOM Meeting


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WHO:           El Dorado County Ad Hoc HEMP committee members: District IV Supervisor Lori Parlin and District I Supervisor John Hidahl.

BACKGROUND:   Following a presentation on industrial hemp by the Agriculture Department on June 23, 2020, the Board requested the formation of an Ad Hoc Hemp Committee to include two members of the Board.  The members of the Committee are District I Supervisor John Hidahl and District IV Supervisor Lori Parlin. The Ad Hoc Hemp Committee held a planning meeting via ZOOM on August 19, 2020.  County staff participants were Sheriff John D'Agostini, Sheriff Lieutenant Mike Cook, Deputy County Counsel Daniel Vandekoolwyk, and Agricultural Commissioner Charlene Carveth.  Agricultural Commission members, Bill Draper and David Bolster, also participated. The Ad Hoc Committee discussed the scope of study for the Committee, and returned to the Board for further direction on 9/22/2020.

The Board of Supervisors made the following motion by Supervisor Frentzen, seconded by Supervisor Parlin to provide direction to staff on the scope of study for the Ad Hoc Hemp Committee to include the following:

1) Holding a meeting, or series of meetings, on whether to recommend to the Board a moratorium on all renewals or new registrations while the proposed Industrial Hemp Program Ordinance is developed using a similar model to the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee with public outreach meetings but allow existing registrants to finish out this growing and harvest season.

2) Developing recommendations regarding testing of industrial hemp.

3) Developing recommendations on issues such as zoning, parcel size, setbacks, registration limits, crop size limits, maximum acreage within the County, signage, track and trace harvested crops, or other restrictions.

4) Develop recommendations on new ordinances, or updating existing ordinances, addressing industrial hemp cultivation, industrial hemp plant breeders, industrial hemp nurseries and processing/manufacturing.

5) Develop recommendations to create an administrative process for industrial hemp and provide best practices for the program by obtaining other counties best management practices and ordinances. 




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