What is industrial hemp?
As defined in Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
As defined by Wyoming Statute §35-7-2101(a)(ii): "Industrial hemp" means all parts and varieties of the plant cannabis sativa l. containing a total of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) of any combination of tetrahydrocannabinols;
What is the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) working on now with industrial hemp program?
This is a new program for the State of Wyoming with a two-part effective date. Authorization for drafting rules and obtaining a U.S. Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) permit effective on July 1, 2017, and authorization to establish a licensure program on July 1, 2018. The WDA is drafting rules and regulations for the new program and researching the requirements to obtain a permit for importation from the DEA to allow growing hemp in the state of Wyoming.
Can I plant hemp right now?
In establishing a legal hemp program in Wyoming, there are several steps that must occur before the licensing stage. First, rules and regulations will need to be completed and the DEA will need to grant an import permit. The WDA will also need to obtain equipment for testing seeds and substances, as well as the personnel to perform such tests and sampling. Once the law is fully implemented, meaning the rules and regulations are in place, the DEA import permit has been secured, equipment is in place, and personnel are trained and ready, the program will be ready to start licensure.
When will a licensing program be implemented?
The Department, while working towards getting the program started, has no established or firm date for licensing growers to grow hemp. There is still a lot of work to be done before a program is implemented. We do not anticipate a licensing program prior to the start of 2019.