SB 1409

CALIFORNIA PASSES INDUSTRIAL HEMP LAW

On August 31, 2018, the California Assembly passed SB 1409: Industrial Hemp with a vote of 75 yes to 1 no. The bill provides relief on how hemp is grown and how hemp can be used. The bill removes the limitation that only hemp seed cultivars that are certified prior to January 1, 2013 may be on the approved hemp seed cultivar list. Businesses may also grow industrial hemp that is produced by clonal propagation of approved hemp seed cultivars, which should be genetically identical to the parent and have the same characteristics.  Industrial hemp growers will no longer be required to disclose on applications to the local county commissioners whether the hemp is being grown for grain or fiber production. Under the bill, State approved laboratories must test industrial grown hemp using sampling procedures that comply with state regulations. The destruction of industrial hemp with THC levels greater than 1% must begin 48 hours after receipt of the lab report and be concluded within 7 days.