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GPS Coordinates for Hemp Growers? A Look at the 2018 Hemp Bill Surveillance Requirements

Charnell Lock

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GPS Coordinates for Hemp Growers? A Look at the 2018 Hemp Bill Surveillance Requirements
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The 2018 Farm Bill contains a stipulation under which applicants seeking to produce and process hemp must provide their GPS coordinates of their farms.

One consideration on the provision of GPS coordinates is the safety and security of crops. In Michigan, at least, the locations of hemp farms and identities of the farms are being kept private by state officials, reports M Live. The report also indicates that other states are not taking the same protective measures. For instance, in Colorado, hemp program participants and their addresses are published online, while in Oklahoma, the Open Records Act allows for public disclosure of the information provided by hemp licenses holders or their subcontractors.

Further, Jeff Gallagher, MHR Brand’s managing member, appears to take the position that such information should not be private. He shared with Hemp Industry Daily,

“I don’t see any benefit to keeping the farmers’ identities private. How can we verify if they are who they say they are, or they only sell to people who are licensed to process the hemp in the state, which is public information?”

Charnell Lock lives in sunny San Diego but is originally from North Carolina and has been writing professionally since 2011. After four years with the Navy and an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Charnell found her passion in creating diverse content with well-formatted research. Along with her years in active duty service, she is capable of crafting whimsical short stories to medical-oriented papers as her capacity to contribute here is immense and will be a staple for many years to come.

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