How to Get License to Grow Hemp in Florida
Unfortunately, as of March 2020, only two entities in Florida have industrial permits to lawfully grow hemp: the University of Florida and Florida A&M University (the two land-grant universities in Florida). However, you may still apply for a license with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The state is currently waiting on the USDA (federal department of agriculture) to issue regulations on growing hemp, but you can still apply for a license while guidance is pending.Preparing Your Application
Besides completing the application with the FDACS, you need to complete a background check and submit the results of the test with our application. You must also provide certain information about the cultivation site, including GPS coordinates of the location. Additionally, you need to provide documents and information on the storage, containment, and transportation of hemp. An important note is that a conviction related to a controlled substance within 10 years of applying will disqualify applicants.Land Classifications
Only land zoned as agricultural or industrial by your respective county will be permitted for cultivating hemp in Florida. Land classified as agricultural by your county’s property appraiser is also eligible. Any plant nurseries registered with the Division of Plant Industry in the FDACS may obtain a license to produce hemp plants.Uses for Hemp
The hemp use many Floridians are excited about is cannabidiol (CBD) extraction, which has health benefits from its oil. Industrial hemp is also used in certain textile materials and seeds for consumption. What differs hemp from cannabis is its much lower concentration of THC, a psychoactive chemical, and its higher concentration of CBD.Challenges Facing Prospective Hemp Growers
The THC threshold for hemp products in Florida is set at 0.35 percent. It can be challenging to find a plant that doesn’t cross this limit, as well as finding one that can grow in Florida’s climate. Constant testing can ensure your hemp stays on the lawful side, but administering tests can be expensive.Conclusion
Until the USDA approves the Florida Hemp Plan, private farmers will not have a permit to grow and cultivate hemp. Once the pilot program gets the green light, though, you will be able to begin your next commercial enterprise.
If you are seeking knowledgeable and innovative legal guidance concerning hemp permits, please reach out to Petkovich Law Firm at 305-358-8003. You can also keep up with Florida hemp developments at this link.