Here comes hemp

LUCERNE VALLEY — Hemp fields could pop up across San Bernardino County thanks to state legislation authored by State Sen. Scott Wilk last year and complemented by recently passed federal legislation.

Industry leaders say the new legalization pulled hemp out of decades-long federal prohibition purgatory and could unleash an economic boom for California and for farmers in agricultural areas such as Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs and El Mirage.

“This is the biggest thing to hit the U.S. market in terms of value,” said John Miller, 46, a land appraiser and co-partner of Custom Spectrum Inc., a company that focuses more at