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Oregon’s Hemp Cultivators Are High on the CBD Craze


Earlier this year, Oregon made progressive amendments to their 2009 statewide industrial hemp bill. With this new and improved hemp bill in action, Oregon is well on it’s way to creating a multi-million dollar industry.

The original legalization of hemp seven years ago was focused on the industrial uses of hemp (oilseed and fiber), but only 13 producers in the state were interested in cultivation licenses.

The 2016-revised industrial hemp bill has changed its tune to a more medicinal side of hemp.

Oregon, catching onto the CBD craze, realized their industrial hemp bill needed to be adapted to include more of these CBD-only cultivators. The state removed the 2.5-acre minimum canopy from the original industrial hemp bill and added the ability to grow in greenhouses (which allows year-round production) to attract CBD hemp producers.

Since these adaptations, Oregon’s hemp cultivators have risen from a measly 13 producers to a modest 77 licensed producers. These new-age hemp cultivators cover an estimated 1,200 acres of farmland across the state.

Most of these producers, as predicted, are choosing the medicinal route as opposed to the industrial — turning their hard-earned flowers into CBD oil. This choice isn’t necessarily out of personal belief but out of survival — CBD oil is in high demand while hemp oilseed and fiber products are not.

According to the Federal Government, a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC is defined as “hemp” and can be more liberally grown than high-THC cannabis. “Hemp” products may also cross state lines, a federal crime for the THC counterpart.

This federal definition creates a gray area. Many believe cannabis with low levels of THC and high levels of CBD can be marketed and sold nationwide, however, the feds have made it clear they are prohibiting hemp sales in states that don’t allow the plant’s production.

Portland-based lawyer, Amy Margolis, told OregonLive that any interstate commerce should be approached “very cautiously.” Margolis added, “Until there is clarity, I would not be comfortable sanctioning a commercial business that sells interstate hemp products.”

There are many states (sixteen to be exact) that have passed CBD oil laws to treat debilitating ailments such as epilepsy and cancer. The production can’t keep up with the demand at this rate.

While industrial hemp deserves to be just as high in demand because of its ability to completely revolutionize industries like paper, textiles, fuel, etc., but that just isn’t where the money exists. Noelle Crombie with The Oregonian reported that in Kentucky, hemp was introduced to compete with their diminishing tobacco crops — the state imagined hemp would reinvigorate their agricultural industry with fiber, bioplastic, livestock feed and biofuel. However, state agricultural officials have found CBD oil is the most valuable commodity to come out of this newly established industry. Farmers know it too, 60% of the total Kentucky hemp acreage is dedicated to the production of CBD oil.  

However, it seems like it is only a matter of time until industrial hemp is a mainstream commodity again. The Hemp Industries Association told The Oregonian that 9,000 acres of hemp are being cultivated across the United States, twice as many as last year. As the country begins to realize all the benefits of hemp that outweigh those of existing industries, industrial hemp will make its way into the spotlight again.

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About Author

Allie is a NW-based content curator for Marijuana.com and an organic farmer at TKO Reserve. She has been a professional in the marijuana industry since she was 18 years old, spending the first five years of her career working for Dope Magazine as lead photographer. Allie has worked on mainstream projects such as Idiot's Guide: Growing Marijuana, Branding Bud: The Consumerization of Cannabis and her own self-published book, As The Grass Grows.


  1. Might be better to say that Oregon made some beneficial, or positive amendments to their 2009 Bill rather than “progressive” amendments. I think of the current ‘progressive’ administration as evil to the core, so at least the word’ progressive needs to be paired with an adjective that describes ‘what kind of progression’ it is, whether good or evil. Something that’s progressively evil is something we sure don’t want! But something like Oregon making beneficial or positive (progressively good) amendments to their 2009 Bill is good!

  2. Good article. I’m glad they’re discovering more medical uses for Hemp. People do tend to confuse hemp and cannabis, and for good reason. Nobody wants to actually define the terms. I guess we could use a good article explaining the difference. Most articles I’ve seen do a terrible job, just saying that the definition of Hemp is Industrialized Hemp, which of couse doesn’t define antying and just confuses the matter. Is it Cannabis or not? Well…it’s got that tiny bit of THC in it.

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      Good points, Jane, made in response to an excellent article by awesome canna journalist Allie Beckett. 🙂 After 16 years of diligent research and careful observation of this dioecious species (one with male and female flowers on separate plants), it’s my understanding that cannabis “hemp” is defined as pollinating male and seed-bearing female flowers grown together in fields by farmers. The research jury is still out on this subject, considering almost 80 years of a federal/state/local tyranny targeting all cannabis plant types (the anti-cannabis helicopters are still flying here in repressive upstate New York, only to give macho local cops reasons to celebrate the seizure and destruction of 1,000s of plants in the latter group from our gardens every autumn). It’s an open question how many of the medicinal “cannabinoids,” among them cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), remain in the female flowers when they get pollinated and then loaded with seeds in hemp fields. I’m guessing it’s not many for CBD, THC or any of the other cannabinoids, but I could be wrong. If the female flowers are being isolated in greenhouses and bred specifically to be seedless as well as high CBD/low THC, then those plants meet our federal oppressors’ definition of “marihuana” and thereby cause the controversy cited above. They are not, technically, “hemp” but “marihuana.” The roots of this official hatred of seedless, female cannabis flowers go very deep. It’s clear to me that these anti-“marihuana” bastards have botched our whole nation’s legal treatment of cannabis for far too long. If Hillary triumphs over the bombastic Trump, she may or may not finally give cannabis plants—and their cherished female flowers—the justice they so richly deserve.

  3. I have been CBD for 3 months for my fibro. My home state Missouri was working on a voter initiative to legalize medical cannabis and I would be able to have exposure to more medicine but for now the CBD Oils help tremendously. Hopefully new laws are passed soon and we can all have access to the medicine we deserve.

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