Remember the headline on the cover of The Californian’s June 2 edition? Placed beside a picture of what was thought to be harmless industrial hemp, it read, “Relax. This is not actually weed growing near Arvin.”

Well, some of it might really be weed after all.

A recent lawsuit claims private testing found samples from hemp planted in the Arvin area “significantly exceeded” the federal limit for THC, the high-inducing chemical in marijuana.


“It is a gray area,” said San Francisco hemp attorney Patrick Goggin, co-founder of the California Hemp Council.

He sympathizes with farmers who say it’s wasteful to destroy hot crops, as commercial, nonresearch hemp growers would be obligated to do. Maybe it could be mixed in with concrete to make cinder blocks stronger, they say, or used for animal bedding — even animal feed.

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