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Connecticut Hemp Pilot Program

Contact us at 860-713-2502 or AGR.Hemp@ct.gov

 

What is Hemp? -Hemp is defined in federal law as: The plant species Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

On May 9th, 2019, the Department of Agriculture launched a hemp program that was unanimously supported by the General Assembly and the Governor. Changes to the statute CGS 22-61l were signed into law on October 2, 2020, (effective October 31, 2020) amending our hemp law to conform to federal regulatory requirements issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 The new law combines the grower license and processor license into one combined “producer” license.  This simplifies the licensing for growers who may be processing on site and is in line with other states’ programs. 

The current law adjusts the licensing period from two years to three years, which matches the USDA program for individual licenses. It also increases fees associated with licensing by a prorated amount from two years to three years proportionately as well as updates fees for applications and lot size registration. We have also added language to allow producers to go directly to the FBI for their national background check which they will need to upload as part of the application. 

During our listening sessions, many producers expressed concerns that the disclosure of their site locations was leading to unwanted visits from vandals and thieves. The law expands the information exempt from disclosure under FOIA to include test results and producer location information to provide more protection for producers’ crops.  The information will remain available for law enforcement purposes.

The  Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) continues to regulate Hemp and Hemp derived ingredients used in or manufactured into products intended for human ingestion, inhalation, absorption or other internal consumption including all CBD products for human use.

 

Hemp News and Upcoming Events

Recorded webinar from December 3, 2020

Documents presented during the December 3, 2020 webinar:

Connecticut Hemp Webinar Series 2021 (FREE) 

Guidance Documents and Examples of Required Forms

 

 

Connecticut Hemp Production Data

 

 

2019

2020

Number of Licensed Growers

109

140

Number of Licensed Lots

218

384

Acres Planted

172

156

Acres Harvested

120

134

Average Lot Size

1.44 Acres

1.03 Acres

 

 

 

Information about Hemp Production

 

Below, find links to some academic sites that provide information concerning growing and harvesting of Hemp:

 

Promoting Connecticut's Hemp Industry

 

Organizations involved in the promotion of Hemp include, but are not limited to:

Note: This is not an endorsement any of the above listed organizations.

 

For more information email AGR.Hemp@ct.gov or call (860) 713-2502.