OROVILLE, CALIF. - Butte County Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to a new ordinance governing hemp production.
Four board members gave approval, with Supervisor Debra Lucero abstaining.
The land use ordinance requires a 300-foot setback from schools, parks, and churches But for now, there are no permit fees.
Hemp only became a legal agricultural commodity in the U.S. in 2018.
Butte County Ag Commissioner Louie Mendoza says hemp looks and smells like marijuana, but must be tested to make sure the THC levels are less than one-tenth of one percent.
Supervisors asked Mendoza to report back on the program in one year.