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Jackson County leaders declare an emergency with cannabis grows

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Marijuana legalization was not supposed to be like this. But now that cannabis is legal for medical and personal use, and its sibling hemp is also legal to grow, a black market has developed for several different products of the plants.

Jackson County Commissioners declared a state of emergency over the situation on Wednesday.

Concerns range from high-THC plants being passed off as low-THC "hemp," and water being stolen for non-permitted uses.

Commissioner Rick Dyer joins us to lay out the details, and what the declaration of emergency is meant to accomplish.

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