What is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp means a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.  

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Program regulates only the cultivation of industrial hemp.  The Department also administers a certified seed program. 

The Industrial Hemp Program does not have jurisdiction over the processing, sale or distribution of industrial hemp.



Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Seed Program


"CDA Approved Certified Seed", means Cannabis seed that is approved and labeled by the CDA for cultivating Industrial Hemp.


CDA Approved Certified Seed requires a four-part process:

1. Acceptance by the Variety Review Board. (CSGA or AOSCA)

2. Statewide testing of the genetics for THC content and validation of the variety description by the CDA.

3. Seed produced by a Colorado Seed Growers Association member in accordance with AOSCA standards or an approved seed certifying agency.

4. Individual seed packages being tagged with "CDA Approved Certified Seed" tags.


*CSGA = Colorado Seed Growers Association

*AOSCA =  Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies






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