Industrial Hemp Cultivation

Industrial Hemp


California law requires that all growers and breeders of industrial hemp register with the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) prior to cultivation.  The Industrial Hemp Cultivation Program is administered at the state level by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). 

Registration forms can be found on CDFA’s website, under the “Forms”:

All industrial hemp registrants must comply with California’s laws and regulations.  Any cultivation of industrial hemp without a valid registration is in violation of the law.

CDFA continues to develop this program, including requirements for registration, sampling and testing, and other administrative details necessary to provide for the production of industrial hemp.  

Applicants must meet the Eligibility Requirements for Industrial Hemp Registration Effective January 1, 2020.

Nursery growers must register prior to cultivating industrial hemp nursery stock, in addition to having a valid CDFA Nursery Stock License.

For more information, contact us at 858-614-7786 or

Those interested in industrial hemp cultivation are encouraged to review the following resources:

Criminal History Reports and New Registration Requirements (April 2020)

Registration Outreach Presentation

Sampling and Testing Outreach Presentation

Pesticide Use on Industrial Hemp Outreach Presentation

CDFA California Industrial Hemp Program

CDFA Frequently Asked Questions

California Industrial Hemp Law

California Industrial Hemp Regulations

Industrial Hemp Advisory Board Meeting Information