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Alabama accepting hemp-growing, processing applications starting Tuesday

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Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, Alabama hemp growers, those that course of and deal with hemp and universities can apply for an industrial hemp license from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. 

“This is the department’s fourth year to administer the hemp program. It has always been our goal to manage the program in a fair and timely manner to benefit Alabama farmers and hemp producers and develop industrial hemp as an alternative crop,” stated Rick Pate, commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, in a press release. 

The Alabama Legislature in 2016 handed the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act, which required the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to arrange a licensing and inspection program for industrial hemp manufacturing. 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 declassified hemp as a schedule I drug and deemed hemp as an agriculture commodity, and outlined hemp because the components of the marijuana plant that include lower than 0.3 % of THC. 

He industrial hemp business can produce  important oils from CBD, in addition to grain and fiber merchandise 

In the 2019 pilot program Alabama granted 152 hemp growers, 59 processors and 5 universities, in keeping with AL.com. In 2020 the state granted 422 licensed growers, however the quantity fell to 300 by the tip of 2020, in keeping with WSFA 12. 

Those who want to apply should accomplish that on-line via the Kelly Registration System at agi.alabama.gov/hempapp starting Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at 8 a.m. The remaining day to use is Nov. 29, 2021 by 5.p.m.

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