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Arizona’s New Hemp Program Launches on June 1

Arizona Hemp Farms

The Arizona Hemp Program launches on June 1, 2019. The Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) is responsible for overseeing the emerging industry.

The AZDA has spent this year preparing for the hemp program’s launch by:

  • Establishing rules
  • Creating an industrial hemp licensing program
  • Appointing a Hemp Advisory Council
  • Developing an application and review process
  • Developing a fee schedule

Hemp growers, harvesters, processors and transporters had to apply for an Arizona hemp license by May 31, 2019.

The state’s hemp program will allow for the commercialization and interstate shipment of industrial hemp. Arizona’s hemp crops will also be eligible for USDA-FSA crop insurance.

In Arizona, industrial hemp is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than three-tenths percent (0.3%) on a dry-weight basis. (A.R.S. § 3-311).

Louis DeLuca The Dallas Morning News via AP

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