Jackson and Josephine Counties are regarded as two of the most productive counties in Oregon for growing marijuana.
But the productivity could change in Josephine County this year, now that a new ordinance is in place. It bans commercial cannabis farming on rural residential lots five acres or smaller and creates other new regulations.
They are not yet in effect (that happens March 5), but it will be Julie Schmelzer's job to implement them, as Community and Economic Development Director for the county. She provides details of the current situation and where things might go from here.
We get further perspective from Cody Seiler, who is in the marijuana business, and Jake Johnstone from the Oregon Water Resources Department.