Alabama: Growing Industrial Hemp – 8 Points You Absolutely Need to Know

Industrial hemp growing under irrigation. Photo: Colorado Department of Agriculture

Update on growing industrial hemp from Kassie Conners, Alabama A&M, Auburn Diagnostic Lab:

  1. Industrial hemp plants are allowed to be sold based on the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of the mother plants
  2. Everything about the hemp plant’s environment can alter the THC content in the plant.
  3. The plant material currently planted in Alabama is coming from out of state, meaning it’s a different environment.
  4. The hemp plant is considered illegal if the THC content is above the legal 0.3 limit. There is no way to know if you have a legal or illegal plant until it is tested.
  5. ADAI is not testing plants until 2 weeks before harvest possibly to keep restrictions tight or costs down.
  6. Growers can have plants tested independently, but it is expensive.
  7. ADAI considers all parts of the hemp plant illegal unless proven otherwise from a state licensed lab.
  8. The permit holder is the only person who can transport any part of the hemp plant in state and that individual must have their permit with them.

If you have more questions, contact: plant.protection@agi.alabama.gov.


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