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New state plan has Michigan hemp growers uncertain about the future
Submitted by Marijuana News on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 09:46
Hemp growers in Michigan say they’re frustrated by the new regulations and fees for reporting hemp samples.
The changes by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development leave many hemp growers saying it’s uncertain if they can afford to grow next season.
Industrial hemp in Michigan started with a 2018 federal law that removed hemp, known as Cannabis sativa L., as a schedule 1 controlled substance and made it an agricultural commodity, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In April 2019, the state department launched the Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot program for the 2019 growing season.
Growers could apply to participate in the pilot program, which required a $100 registration fee, as well as a $1,350 processor-handlers license.
According to the department, industrial hemp is cannabis that has less than or equal to3% 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
After the success of the pilot program, the department wanted to have a permanent plan in place. Last October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Michigan’s industrial hemp state plan.