Industrial Hemp Production

FAQ’s: Industrial Hemp Production in Georgia Agriculture

    1. What’s Industrial Hemp? Hemp is defined as the Cannabis sativa L. plant and any part of the plant, including the 55 seeds and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of 56 isomers, whether growing or not, with the federally defined THC concentration no more than 0.3 percent.
    1. Is it legal to cultivate hemp in Georgia? The production and sale of hemp and hemp products is legal under the Georgia Hemp Farming Act. However, ONLY growers licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) are permitted to grow and process hemp in the state of Georgia.
    1. How do I apply for a license? The GDA is currently working to develop regulations for hemp production in the state of Georgia. Licenses will NOT be issued until rules and regulations are in place.
    1. When will licensing regulations be in place?  The GDA’s process of drafting rules and regulations has begun. Drafted rules will be open for a public comment period and then final revision before the GDA can begin issuing grower licenses and processing permits. A public announcement will be made once that process is complete.
    1. Can I add CBD oil to food?  Though the sale of hemp and hemp products are legal, GDA policy currently prohibits the use of cannabidiol oil (CBD) in food, pet food and dietary supplements. Until the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes its restrictions on the inclusion of CBD oil in foods and dietary supplements remains unlawful in Georgia.
  1. How can I learn more? See HB 213, Georgia Hemp Farming Act here,
Updated on May 12, 2019

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