The Warmerdam family planted one of the first hemp fields of B.C.
The field of cannabis plants proved irresistible to the thieves who were probably cheating marijuana hemp and thus saved part of Abbotsford's harvest, farmer Nick Varmermedham this autumn.
"We had a lot of volunteer help in the middle of the night," he said.
Low in THC, but high in cannabidiol (CBD), the plants probably do not give thieves to the higher hopes. "It's hard to imagine they are stealing it for the oil of the CBD," said Wormerdam.
The theft was just one of the few problems the farmer faced while trying to grow one of the latest agricultural products in Canada. On Oct. 17, the growing hemp for CBD oil became legal, along with breeding marijuana. Cannabis plants, like marijuana, contain CBD, but contain minimal amounts of THC (0.3% or less). The difference is not well-known, and cannabis's eyes grew outdoors, it was a shock to a few passers-by who assumed it was marijuana.
"(Cannabis cultivation is) are still very new, people do not understand it. I'm not sure the theft is a problem that will disappear in the near future," said Warmerdam.
The farmer also deals with other developmental disorders. While he is allowed to grow hemp, he can not legally remove the oil under Canadian law. It must be sold to a licensed manufacturer or processor.
After Warmerdam found a buyer, he learned that the product could not be used because the tests showed pesticide residues. The level is 1,000 times less than the amount allowed in the American hemp and 100 times less than the amount allowed in Canadian broccoli and other vegetables, he said.
"We do not spray this on the hemp, it's something that has been sitting on the ground for a long time. It's allowed in our food, which really does not make sense."
Warmerdam hopes to persuade the government to re-examine the rules for the production of hemp, but for now, its product, which has been cut into small pieces like hay and dried, is in a warehouse.
The farmer acknowledged that the hemp oil for CBD was a cube. But that's the one who makes sense. In the spring, its fields are usually filled with narcissus and tulips. He planted hemp seedlings in late May and transplanted them into their fields in late July. He assembled from late September to early November.
"There is demand for (CBD oil), but bureaucracy makes it difficult," he said. "It's putting law-abiding producers in disadvantage."