INDUSTRIAL HEMP CULTIVATION
The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (Senate Bill 566, Chapter 398, Statutes of 2013) was signed into law to authorize the commercial production of industrial hemp in California. The Act became effective on January 1, 2017.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is in the process of developing a program to administer this new law, including developing the registration process, fee structure, regulations, and other administrative details necessary to provide for the commercial production of industrial hemp. Section 4900 of Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations pertaining to Industrial Hemp Cultivation Registration became effective April 25, 2019 and registration is now available. Registration forms can be found on CDFA’s website, located here: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/industrialhemp/
Question: Can I grow industrial hemp in San Diego County now?
Answer: Yes. According to state law, all commercial growers of industrial hemp must register with the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures prior to cultivation. Registration forms can be found on CDFA’s website, located here: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/industrialhemp/.
Applicants must meet the Eligibility Requirements for Industrial Hemp Registration Effective January 1, 2020.
Any cultivation of industrial hemp without a valid registration is in violation of the law. The CDFA is also reviewing the current law, and it is anticipated that additional laws and regulations will be created to further clarify and refine allowable operations.
Nursery growers with valid California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Nursery Stock License must register prior to cultivating industrial hemp nursery stock.
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