The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has begun taking applications for licenses to grow and process industrial hemp.
ADAI is using a new system to process applications, which can be done at agi.alabama.gov/hempapp. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
“As the hemp industry continues to grow in Alabama, critical research data is being collected and evaluated,” said ADAI Commissioner Rick Pate. “This is the department’s third year to administer the hemp program."
"It has always been our goal to manage the program in a fair and timely manner to benefit Alabama farmers and hemp producers and develop industrial hemp as an alternative crop.”
ADAI was tasked with developing a license and inspection program for industrial hemp after the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act was passed in 2016, according to a press release by the department.
The program was launched in 2019. This followed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which changed hemp from a schedule 1 drug to an agricultural commodity, defining hemp as "all parts of the plant containing less than 0.3% THC, including derivatives, extracts, and cannabinoids."