What a thoughtful question! This is something that has been brought up here in Oregon quite a bit.
I don't feel that this article went in enough depth as to some of the reasons for the purported beef between the industries. So I will share a couple of concerns that have been raised in recent years up here.
Pollen. Cannabis plants grow male and female plants, just like humans. The male plants produce sacks, whereas the females produce flowers.
Pollen is the bane of the medical cannabis industry. Pollen floats for several miles along the breeze. When it meets a female plant, seeds are produced. When seeds are produced, that takes energy away from the production of reproductive oils and resins, meaning that the cannabinoid content of the plant will be lower.
Industrial hemp farms are generally safe from having male plants, since the market currently is geared towards the growth of CBD plants as opposed to fiber and food hemp.
However, as the CBD market saturates and commercial pricing continues to fall, cross over into the other hemp varietals will no doubt ensue. And to grow a hemp crop for seed, you will need...you guessed it...POLLEN!
Plus there are also errant DIY growers out there that do not cull the males in a timely fashion, and have been known to pollinate the neighbors crops. This makes for some tenuous relationships.
Now that I think about it, this is probably the main reason for the issues between the industries, and I will end it there.
Do you see any other reasons for a clash between medical cannabis and hemp cannabis? What issues were missed in my rant and the article referenced?
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