Long Island Neighborhood Fed Up With Marijuana Odor From Hemp Farm

Sophia Hall
October 22, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Route 27 Hemp Farm

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MORICHES, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Residents in one Long Island neighborhood say the smell of marijuana from a nearby hemp farm is unbearable.

One resident told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that he recently purchased his home in Moriches but didn’t know that the smell of marijuana would be a consistent issue. He adds that it’s gotten so bad, that he’s already thinking about moving.

“We plan on having kids and it would definitely be a concern, you know, raising children and they’re smelling pot 24 hours a day,” the homeowner said. “I’d have to explain to them what the smell is at such a young age.”

Route 27 Hemp Yard is about one of roughly a dozen farms on Long Island that was given approval from the state to grow hemp.

The operations manager, Liz Ingalls, notes that the odor only lasts for about six to nine weeks out of the year and that smell cannot produce the same effects in terms of producing a high.

“For us, we’re farmers and this is the crop that we've decided to grow and this is something that we're working very hard to be successful with, you know, if we can work with the community as well we're not trying to do anything, to step on anyone's toes,” Ingalls said.

She said there is unfortunately no way to alleviate the odor, but the scent only lasts until the plant is mature and the crop is cut down.

A spokesman from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it has received complaints about the odor, but the farm is complying with its license.