Cal. Food and Agric. Code §81000 to 81010 (2016)

Allows for a commercial hemp program overseen by the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board within the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Establishes registration for seed breeders.  California requires seed breeders to register with their local county agricultural commissioner.This division will not become operative unless authorized under federal law.

What is "industrial hemp"?


According to the California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 11018.5:

"Industrial hemp" means a fiber or oilseed crop, or both, that is limited to types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. having no more than three-tenths of 1 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in the dried flowering tops, whether growing or not; the seeds of the plant; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin produced therefrom.

In defining "industrial hemp," California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) Section 81000(d) adopts the HSC Section 11018.5 definition.


Can I import industrial hemp seeds/plants from another state?

The importation and movement of hemp seeds and plants is restricted under federal law. According to the Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp (81 Federal Register (FR) 53395) issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "industrial hemp plants and seeds may not be transported across State lines." For more information, contact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


How do I register with the state/county to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes?

There is no state registration to grow industrial hemp; only county registration is required to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes under state law. Registration to grow industrial hemp is not yet available.


What type of registration will be available?

California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) Section 81003 provides for the registration of growers of industrial hemp for commercial purposes. FAC Section 81004 provides for the registration of seed breeders.





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