A bill in the Oregon Legislature would allow the police to investigate hemp operations without a search warrant in the course of law enforcement efforts to bust illegal marijuana grows. Under the measure, House Bill 2296, when hemp growers sign a registration application, they automatically would be consenting to Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) or law enforcement inspections of their operations, and sample collection “for law enforcement purposes.” The ODA or the police would need reasonable grounds to believe that the hemp crop violates hemp or marijuana laws. Hemp growers who refuse to allow law enforcement on their property could have their licenses put under review or revoked by the ODA, according to Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler, who said criminals are tarnishing the reputation of the industry and endangering the community.
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