The public comment period is ending on August 31st for the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program being proposed by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. The proposed rules permits industrial hemp growers and handlers to register and obtain a license to grow hemp for the purpose of performing agricultural or academic research. Applications must include a detailed description of the applicant’s research proposal. Prior to issuing a license, the Department may visit the grow site to confirm information that is included in the application and to review the operations. A sampling of the hemp crop must be tested prior to harvest or production to ensure that the THC level is lower than 0.3%. The hemp must be entered into the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, and can only be sold to another licensee.
Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program