Industrial Hemp

Status of Program   


The 2020 Hemp Program Registration period for Growers, Processors/Handlers, and Universities will run from October 7, 2019 to November 14, 2019. All applications must be post marked no later than November 14, 2019. You must submit a Criminal Background Check report along with your application (or submit it no later than November 25) and the $200 non-refundable application fee. Make the check payable to ADAI or AL Dept of Agriculture & Industries. If you do not submit the required Criminal Background report, check, or fully complete the application, your submitted documents will be returned to you, and could delay or prevent your application being approved.

Applications will be posted on the website prior to the opening of the annual application period of October 7,2019. 

In 2016, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act, Section 2-8-380 Code of Alabama 1975, tasking the department with the development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp.  It is important for the public to understand that hemp is not legal to grow or process in Alabama without a permit.

The Department is reminding prospective applicants that the pilot program will be administered under the 2014 Farm Bill provision for industrial hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill declassifies hemp as a Schedule 1 drug. It is now deemed an agricultural commodity and is no longer classified as a controlled substance. The Department will work in consultation with the Governor’s office, the Attorney General’s office, and law enforcement agencies to create a plan of action for the provisions of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill during this year.

If you need to report a crime or suspicious activity related to your industrial hemp crop, please contact your local/county law enforcement agencies first.
If further assistance is needed, then please contact the Agriculture & Rural Crimes Unit (ARCU) of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) at 1-855-75-CRIME (27463).  Click here to view the ALEA ARCU Division Map.


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