US (ME): Hemp program applications open to growers

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry hemp program is now accepting applications. The Indoor and Outdoor Hemp License Applications are available on the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources website, and are due at least 30 days before the anticipated date of planting.

Two proposed rule changes not implemented were an increase in the outdoor license acreage fee from $50 to $100 per acre and using 0.3 % total THC content instead of delta9-THC only as the defining line between hemp and marijuana.

The Department listened to growers and others during the public comment period of the rulemaking process. The message was clear; 2020 is not the year to increase fees. The outdoor license acreage fee will remain at $50 per acre.

Public feedback was also overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the definition of hemp as a Cannabis sativa L. plant that contains not more than 0.3% delta-9-THC only. Maine will continue to use the 0.3% delta-9-THC only measurement at least through Oct. 31 when a USDA-approved program will have to begin.


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