Hemp is one of the largest new opportunities for growers in Michigan this is because of its recent legalization by the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. Hemp is cultivated in order to produce biomass, grain, fiber, or non-intoxicating medicinal compounds like cannabidiol (CBD).
2019 was the first year in which growers in Michigan started to grow hemp under an ag pilot program. There were countless questions surrounding the licensing and regulatory issues during the first growing season and they continue through to today.
What’s The Current Status Of The Michigan Hemp Program?
The state’s first Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program began in April 2019. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim regulations on Oct. 29, 2019, this was to provide guidance to state departments of agriculture for the development of their state-specific hemp plans. Michigan has one year to continue it’s pilot programs in order to update its regulations, rules and to come in line with federal regulations. There is currently a 2020 continuation program coming into place.
Once it’s finalized you can expect to find rules and regulations such as:
- Details and documents showing where the hemp is been grown.
- Testing standards for compliance.
- Relevant disposal of plants and products.
- Full compliance with any law enforcement.
- An annual inspection.
- A Michigan hemp license
Where Do I Find The Legal Requirements?
When looking at growing, processing, and handling hemp in Michigan, you need to make sure you are researching all the requirements needed. Specifically looking at things like a Michigan hemp license. The Public Act 641 of 2018 authorizes the growing and cultivating of hemp, this requires that you are registered and licensed.
This act contains things like:
- In order to grown hemp in Michigan, you need to be a registered grower.
- You need to identify every location you are growing in.
- You need to have a Michigan hemp license.
- You need to have your crops tested for THC levels before harvest.
- You will need to have signage in each growing area.
- There should be no issues with producing certificates or your hemp license to law enforcement when requested.
So, How Do You Get A Hemp License?
Michigan hemp licenses are available at any time, anyone who is interested can go online, download and complete the “Hemp Processor-Handler Application” and the “Hemp Grower Registration Application”. There is no limit on how many licenses can be issued nor is there a limit on the number of acres grown in Michigan.
Firstly. Anyone who is looking at gaining their Michigan hemp license and register as a grower need to apply for the processor-handler license and submit their payment. For the pilot application, this needs to be completed in 2020. You will also need to successfully be processed through a background check. This is mainly to ensure you have no prior felonies dating back the last ten years related to drugs before you are accepted.
If you still have questions about obtaining a Michigan hemp license or are unsure if you require one, it’s best to speak to a legal professional who will be able to help.