California is one of the major states in the United States of America to have legalized the cultivation, growth, and selling of hemp, also known as industrial hemp in the state. Recently the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act was passed and it came into law which authorized the commercial production of industrial hemp in the state of California. The act came into effect on the 1st of January 2017, as per the provision in the Adult use of Marijuana act.
As per this act, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has to develop a program for administering the new law. The first step in this procedure involves establishing the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board. This board will provide assistance to the California Department of Food and agriculture in developing the process of registration, regulations, fee structure, and other types of administrative details or logistics related to California hemp. These procedures and regulations will provide the necessary guidelines for the commercial production of industrial hemp in the state of California, which is in accordance with this act. For more information regarding the different aspects associated with hemp in California, you should check out the official government channels and online resource links that provide you with reliable information and data on the same.
Starting a hemp farm in California
Unlike cannabis which is classified as Federal Schedule I controlled substance that is subject to 280E regulation, hemp is not regulated federally. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 enabled the removal of hemp from the list of federal controlled substances. This is the new market that isn’t subjected to similar strict tax and financial codes as the cannabis market.
In September of 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved and signed Senate Bill 1409 that allows the cultivation of industrial hemp for the growers and farmers in California. Prior to this bill being signed and becoming law, only those growers were qualified who came under the pilot program of the state and through the 2014 Agricultural Act were qualified and permitted to cultivate industrial hemp.
The market of cannabis is tightly regulated and a space of high competition. The zoning restrictions and licensing limits make it difficult and expensive for the new entrants in gaining traction and influence in the billion-dollar industry. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, provides an alternative path and opportunity for the cultivators to participate and engage in the cannabis market without going through strict regulations or high barriers for gaining entry.
If you want to grow hemp in the state of California then you can grow any amount of hemp acres as you want on the land which is zoned for the purpose of agriculture. The CDFA is the agency of the state which is responsible for regulating hemp in California. Before you start the hemp business and begin the cultivation of hemp it is vital that you obtain all the necessary licenses, permits, and documentation that would allow you legally to grow and cultivate hemp in the state.