“The market (for hemp) is basically every human and every animal on the planet,” said Matt Cyrus, president of the Deschutes County Farm Bureau.

Even by the standards of Oregon’s comparatively lax cannabis laws, Yon Olsen’s farm stands out.

About 20 acres of farmland used to grow cannabis sits uncovered, in 825-foot rows where a nursery used to sit. Approximately 20 tons of freshly picked bushels of the plant sat in giant bags on his property to the east of Bend, ready to be sent to a processor.

However, because Olsen’s company, Cascadia, makes hemp — distinct from marijuana due to its much lower THC content — Olsen can grow massive amounts of the plant out in the open, without challenges from neighbors. 

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Stephen Hamway ~ BendBulletin.com