Hemp vs Hiking
Earlier this month a Carson City Judge ruled that although the city acquired the Buzzy’s Ranch area with financial help from the state to expand local recreation, the city was somewhat up-ended when the previous owner had agreed to let a businessman grow Hemp on the property without consulting the city. The city bought the land knowing there would be joint use by the seller’s livestock, keeping the area “natural. But when the seller added that there would be a Hemp farm on it, the city drew a line in the grass.
Needless to say the city challenged the former owner and the Hemp grower in court. The city complained that the hemp grower did not have a contract with the city for such a crop and pointed to the fact that at the time of the land sale it was illegal to grow Hemp in Nevada.
Fast-forward to today and the former owner, and his “client,” continue to insist on their right to grow Hemp on the property because the sales agreement contained a clause authorizing “agriculture.” The city protested saying that Hemp stinks just like regular marijuana and would not be a good fit with outdoor public recreation. The city bought the land from the owner to make trails and open space – not 100 acres of smelly plants. Besides, there would likely be a lot of vandalism by those who don’t know the difference between Hemp and Marijuana (they both look the same) which would wreak havoc with local law enforcement.
Recently the judge ruled against the city saying that Hemp is legal to grow THESE DAYS which makes the date of sale irrelevant because although Hemp was illegal back in 2010, it’s legal today – as “agriculture.” The city counters that the land sale was for hiking and enjoying the open air – and that the smell of the marijuana is not compatible with the city’s motivation to buy the land.
The District Attorney says they’re going to take another bite of the apple…er…Hemp in court proceedings set for around the first of the year. The DA says he’s confident that the city will prevail once the use conflicts with the property are made clear.