Status of Program
The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) is now accepting applications from eligible growers and universities interested in growing industrial hemp. ADAI is also accepting applications from prospective industrial hemp processors.
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.
ADAI will accept applications until February 22, 2019.
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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin drafting procedural rules for industrial hemp once the partial federal government shutdown ends. 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.
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