Alabama accepting hemp-growing, processing applications starting Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, Alabama hemp growers, those who process and handle hemp and universities can apply for an industrial hemp license from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

“This is the department’s fourth year to administer the hemp program. It has always been our goal to manage the program in a fair and timely manner to benefit Alabama farmers and hemp producers and develop industrial hemp as an alternative crop,” said Rick Pate, commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, in a statement.

The Alabama Legislature in 2016 passed the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act, which required the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to set up a licensing and inspection program for industrial hemp production.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 declassified hemp as a schedule I drug and deemed hemp as an agriculture commodity, and defined hemp as the parts of the marijuana plant that contain less than 0.3 percent of THC.


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