Industrial Hemp Program
UPDATE 4-6-20: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be NO Industrial Hemp Program staff operating out of the Arizona Department of Agriculture main office, at 1688 W Adams St. in Phoenix.
FOR NEW PROGRAM APPLICANTS: Please continue to mail application packets and payments directly to 1688 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. Please be patient as there may be a slight delay in processing time for new applications.
FOR CURRENT LICENSE HOLDERS: To continue to serve you effectively and in a timely manner, please submit any form, notice, report, or any other correspondence via email to [email protected]. If you do not have access to submit documents electronically please contact Brian McGrew at 602-542-3228 to arrange alternate methods for submission.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we will notify you as soon as we are operating out of our office location at 1688 West Adams Street once again.
If you have any questions please contact Brian McGrew at 602-542-3228 or at [email protected]
UPDATE 4-2-20: We are postponing scheduling any site-visits with program licensees that are not required in order to meet regulatory mandates for essential business operations. We will still be scheduling inspections for pre-harvest sampling for compliance.
: During this COVID-19 social distancing time, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is asking our customers to interact with us via phone and email. If you must come to the office please schedule an appointment with the appropriate person as the front doors are locked and require you to call when you do get here. Additional details available in:
2019 Industrial Hemp Final Report
Licensing, Grower, and Varietal Data for the 2019 Growing Season
UPDATED 1/2/20: Industrial Hemp Applications and Forms
Applications, Forms and Instructions to apply for a license to grow, harvest, transport, and/or process industrial hemp are found here.
INDUSTRIAL HEMP LAWS, RULES, ORDERS & POLICIES
Arizona Revised Statutes
Hemp Laws are found in Title 3, Ch. 2, Art. 4.1 Industrial Hemp
Arizona Administrative Rules
Hemp Regulations Will Be Under Title 3., Chapter 4., Article 10: https://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/register/2019/24/contents.pdf
Director's Administrative Orders
Substative Policy Statements
Hemp and Pesticides: Please Read
Please make sure and read this document carefully. When considering using a pesticide, review the actual label of the pesticide registered here in AZ to ensure the language allows this use. Language on products can vary from state to state. Ensure the product is registered for use here in AZ.
Industrial Hemp Seed
You must be a licensed seed labeler and follow Arizona's seed labeling laws if you are going to be labeling hemp seed for sale in Arizona.
You must be a licensed seed dealer if you are going to be selling seed for planting.
Visit our Environmental Services, licensing page for more information: https://agriculture.az.gov/about-us/divisions/environmental-services
Please read this document if you are purchasing hemp seed for planting or selling hemp seed to Arizona producers.
Arizona Industrial Hemp Program Frequently Asked Questions
On May 14, 2018 Senate Bill 1098 was signed by Governor Ducey that authorized the Arizona Department of Agriculture to license qualified applicants to grow and process industrial hemp. The Department began issuing licenses on May 31, 2019.
EFFECTS OF THE 2018 FARM BILL: On December 20, 2018 the 2018 Federal Farm Bill was signed into law and legalized industrial hemp ("hemp") by excluding it from the definition of marijuana. It also expanded the definition to include seeds, all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids (including Cannabidiol (CBD)), isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers. There are also several other changes made that will open up the commercialization of hemp, without the limitations of an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program. However, there still remains the need for legitimate research to further the development of this crop in Arizona.
What does this mean for Arizona?
- The Arizona Department of Agriculture will still retain primary oversight of a licensing and compliance program
- Growers, harvesters, transporters and processors are still required to be licensed by the Department
- Allows for the commercialization of industrial hemp
- Allows for the interstate shipment of industrial hemp under the provisions of a licensing program
- Crops are eligible for USDA-FSA crop insurance
- Future USDA grant opportunities
- Plus More (Click Here to be Directed to the 2018 Farm Bill Website)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INFORMED OF UPCOMING MEETINGS AND IMPORTANT UPDATES, PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST, INCLUDING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION TO: [email protected]
Industrial Hemp Advisory Council
Next Meeting: TBD
INDUSTRIAL HEMP CERTIFIED LABORATORY
Click below for information regarding laboratory certification. For additional information or questions on laboratory certification contact Dominique Ramirez ([email protected]).
Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card
A valid fingerprint clearance card is required to apply for any Industrial Hemp License.
To apply for a fingerprint card or if you have questions regarding fingerprint clearance cards please visit: https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/fingerprint or call 602-223-2279
NOTE: Under A.R.S. 3-314, only a valid Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card will be accepted as a form of eligibility to participate in this program. No other background check credentials can be accepted.