Market Date: 6 August, 2020

Louisiana industrial hemp program advancement

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced late last week it’s filed rules and regulations to the nation’s industrial hemp program together with all the State Register’s office.

Louisiana was one of a handful of staying hemp holdout countries until Governor John Bell Edwards signed on HB491 in June this year, making Act No. 164. Since that time, progress prior to viewing the very first crops sown lawfully in the country for decades has been hastened.

“Our staff worked diligently to complete and file the industrial hemp administrative rules and regulations,” stated LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain. “Our goal is to have everything in place and licenses issued in time for the 2020 planting season.”

Mr. Strain states while further steps will need to be completed prior to the creation of industrial hemp in Louisiana will move, he is convinced his section is on course to satisfy with the aim. However, the Department notes problems beyond its control may cause distress. One of these delays may come through the USDA, as Louisiana’s state program for hemp will have to be accepted.

LDAF was charged with the job of embracing, administering and implementing hemp regulations and rules. It is going to also be responsible for analyzing all industrial plants plants before harvest to guarantee THC levels don’t exceed 0.3 percent. Testing will probably cost growers $250 per sample. LDAF is also the regulatory authority for its processing and transport of industrial hemp.

The LDAF Industrial Hemp Program will begin accepting permit applications to the USDA provide its blessing and say rules are adopted. There will not be any limitations on the amount of hemp permits issued –  all candidates meeting licensing requirements are going to have the ability to grow the crop and also there will not be any minimal acreage.

Even Louisiana residents will have the ability to grow the plant in their backyards should they want – supposing they have a permit. Which mayn’t be especially appealing given permits will charge $500 and different hurdles will need to be cleared.

The 500 and procedure will be chump change to industrial growers however, specifically those seeking to tap to the CBD (cannabidiol) marketplace. But it is not quite as rewarding as it once was. With so many nations now allowing hemp farming and CBD manufacturing, costs for its cannabinoid have dropped considerably lately.

Louisiana’s suggested hemp regulations and rules can be seen here.