2020 Alabama Hemp Program Applications Delayed
The Alabama Department of Agriculture has announced a delay in accepting applications for the 2020 Alabama Hemp program. The program launched earlier this year after lawmakers passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. It declassified hemp as a schedule 1 drug and deemed it an agriculture commodity. Legislation defines hemp as parts of the plant containing less than 0.3 percent THC.
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is waiting for the USDA to publish an interim rule on hemp. Therefore, the department has delayed the opening of the application period, which was scheduled for September 23. The department now expects the process to begin on October 7 and runs through November 14. Hemp applications will be open to growers, processors, and universities.