Op-Ed

Hemp cultivation a way for ag to survive in Ojai Valley

By SIMONE AND JACK PATTERSON
On 8/27 the Ojai City Council considered issues around hemp cultivation. We were proud of our council members and were particularly pleased with the comments made by Councilman Ryan Blatz and Councilwoman Suza Francina. Hemp is a new crop to our community and the council endorsed support for the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner, Ed Williams, and his working group to develop sensible regulation regarding its cultivation in Ventura County. We hope any regulations will not be overly restrictive and that the issues not be excessively politicized.

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