The Oregon hemp industry has grown exponentially in just two years. As of 2017, Oregon has:
- 233 licensed hemp growers
- 170 licensed hemp processors, called “handlers”
- 119 licensed producers of viable hemp seed
- 3,500 outdoor acres licensed for cultivation
The state requires separate licenses for growing and processing hemp, though some businesses hold both. Each license costs $1,300 a year.
Oregon also issues a license for producing viable hemp seed. Those permits cost $120 a year and must be held in conjunction with a growing or processing license.
Oregon has no background check requirements for hemp growers or processors. But hemp producers are subject to the nation’s most exhaustive testing requirements, with 100% of registered hemp fields tested for THC content.
Oregon allows hemp production for:
- CBD extraction
- Seed or seed oil
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