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New hemp business arrives in Pahrump

A special grand opening was hosted on Saturday, Dec. 15, as Jim McCoy officially opened the doors of his brand new business, dubbed “All About Hemp,” at 1400 S. Highway 160.

A special grand opening was hosted on Saturday, Dec. 15, as Jim McCoy officially opened the doors of his brand new business, dubbed “All About Hemp,” at 1400 S. Highway 160.

The opening comes after the U.S. Congress passed the final draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, this month which provides for the legalization of the cultivation of industrial hemp across the U.S.

“I thought Saturday’s grand opening was great,” McCoy said. “We had a strong turnout and a nice steady flow of people all the way from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I think pretty much that everybody who showed up, got a good opportunity to see what we are all about. I thought it went really well. Throughout the course of the day there was nothing negative with the people who were coming in. It was all about good people and good times.”

One such person having a good time was none other than six-year Pahrump resident Ralph Schweitzer, who just happened upon the grand opening, by chance.

Schweitzer, a self-proclaimed “child of the 60s,” was enjoying a cup of hemp tea while witnessing all of the excitement among would-be customers and mere curiosity-seekers.

“I was visiting the business next door to here when noticed the grand opening and I thought I’d just drop by,” Schweitzer said. “I am a Canadian and they have legalized it coast to coast in Canada.

“When I was a stoner, of course it was illegal at the time, and they used to just lock you up, left, right and center for merely possessing it. Now that I’m a little long in the tooth, I do it occasionally. Today I had a couple of cookies and the tea which is great, even though I’m a coffee person.”

Though Schweitzer has cut back on his recreational marijuana use, he sang the praises of CBD (Cannabidiol) infused topical products used for pain relief and a number other ailments.

“I actually have some CBD oil which is great for aches and pains, and it works almost instantaneously,” he said. “I recently injured my thumb and I applied CBD oil on it, and it takes the pain away quite quickly.

“I don’t have anything like arthritis but it’s amazing how quickly the CBD oil works,” he said. “I bought a small container of it, it doesn’t really take much to alleviate the pain. It’s quite amazing.”

Local residents were not the only ones at the grand opening.

Las Vegas resident Joe Traster, a friend of McCoy’s, was also on hand for the event.

“I have worked with Jim in the past, and when I saw the grand opening on Facebook, I thought I’d come out and support him and check out what he has going,” Traster said.

“I don’t use marijuana, but I thought it would become legal in some parts of the country. I’ve never really partaken a lot in it, and I never really saw a real big issue with it. Obviously, I think there are some rules that need to be involved, but for the most part, I don’t really see any problems with it.”

McCoy, meanwhile said he’s anticipating a very bright future in the industry in the Silver State.

“I am looking forward to the home infusion kit that we have, so that people can come in and learn how to make their own medicine, in a cost-effective and practical manner,” he noted. “I think we’re in a great location here on the highway. Everybody sees us well and there’s plenty of parking. We have a lot of room out back where we can park buses if we needed to.”

All about Hemp is at 1400 S. Highway 160.

Store hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 pm., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 pm.

For additional information, contact the business at 702-722-0867.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at [email protected], on Twitter: @pvtimes

A closer look

For more on hemp in Nevada, see information on the state Department of Agriculture’s website at bit.ly/2QCXtPl

Also, see the Dec. 14 Pahrump Valley Times for a news story

A special grand opening was hosted on Saturday, Dec. 15, as Jim McCoy officially opened the doors of his brand new business, dubbed “All About Hemp,” at 1400 S. Highway 160.

Nevada agriculture official gives Nye overview of hemp

Since the release of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the commercial production of hemp as an agricultural product, a whole new industry has blossomed in America and many members of the Nye County community are determined not to be left behind when it comes to what some call the next big thing in agriculture.

Since the release of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the commercial production of hemp as an agricultural product, a whole new industry has blossomed in America and many members of the Nye County community are determined not to be left behind when it comes to what some call the next big thing in agriculture.

Plenty of Nye County residents and property owners have decided to hitch their interests to the hemp bandwagon, creating a surge of concern from Nye County officials and questions from members of the public who are not well versed in the laws regulating the industry.

For this reason, Nevada Department of Agriculture Crops Program Manager Ashley Jeppson made a trip to Pahrump last month to provide the Nye County Commission and local community with an overview of industrial hemp and the booming business surrounding the plant.

“I know you guys are rampant in hemp,” Jeppson said during the commission’s Aug. 20 meeting. “Hopefully, this will address some questions, but the program is new and constantly evolving so we’re all kind of learning together with this.”

Jeppson’s presentation detailed that as defined by the federal government, industrial hemp is the plant cannabis sativa, which is easily recognizable as the same name given the marijuana plant.

“The big challenge here is, it’s a cannabis plant, it looks exactly the same as marijuana so there have been some industry challenges there but they are in fact different,” Jeppson stated.

In order to be classified as hemp rather than marijuana, the dry weight of the plant must not contain more than 0.3 percent delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the cannabinoid in marijuana that provides psychoactive effects. Hemp is specifically bred to contain less than 0.3 percent of this chemical.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture is responsible for conducting tests on all hemp farm operations in the state to ensure the plants grown thereon do not exceed the legally permitted percentage. As such, all those desiring to produce hemp in Nevada are required to obtain a license from the state. The state provides for three categories of licensure, including handler, grower and seed producer. All seed producers must obtain both a grower’s license and a seed production license.

Hemp has a variety of uses, Jeppson explained, ranging from fiber to hemp seed oil to hemp flour. However, a majority of interest in the plant appears to stem from its cannabidiol content, better known as CBD. Jeppson said CBD is extracted from hemp flower and is anecdotally believed to provide an array of medicinal benefits. Although more research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is needed, Jeppson detailed that the first pharmaceutical containing CBD, Epidiolex for epilepsy, has already been approved by the FDA.

In Nye County, hemp, as an agricultural product, is currently only allowed to be grown on parcels with residential zoning.

No Nye County codes exist to address the industry at this time and this has prompted much contention in the community between growers and residents neighboring the multitude of hemp farms in the county.

Complaints about the odor of the maturing plants, their proximity to residential homes, use of domestic well water for commercial purposes and more have all been brought to the table.

Thus far, Nye County has not taken any official action to establish its own regulations for the industry as officials had reported that the Nevada Department of Agriculture had indicated it did not wish for the county to get involved in regulating hemp. However, that position has apparently shifted, as Jeppson explained when questioned about the situation during her presentation.

“We got a letter… when hemp started here that essentially came from your department that told us to keep our hands off of hemp. Unfortunately, we obeyed the letter, and now we find ourselves way behind the ball,” Nye County Commission Chairman John Koenig said. “I need some kind of guidance from you in the form of a letter or something that says we can now regulate hemp and to what extent.”

Koenig said hemp is out of control in Nye County, resulting in multiple issues, and he would like the Nevada Department of Agriculture to provide a letter stating the county is at liberty to regulate the industry and more specifically, regulate it in the same manner as marijuana. “I actually get money from marijuana, I get nothing from hemp except aggravated people,” Koenig stated.

Jeppson replied, “It’s within your authority to put limitation on where they (hemp farms) can be… It’s certainly within your means to establish regulations that would allow for this program to fit more what your local needs are… You are welcome to establish those ordinances.”

Since the release of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the commercial production of hemp as an agricultural product, a whole new industry has blossomed in America and many members of the Nye County community are determined not to be left behind when it comes to what some call the next big thing in agriculture. ]]>