Industrial Hemp License
An Industry Hemp License would allow individuals and organizations to grow hemp plants, so long as they contained 0.3% or less THC, along with associated activities. This license is one of several that are included in the Proposed Cannabis Act to legalize the cannabis and marijuana industry in Canada.
The Act was developed by Health Canada and utilizes the existing regulatory compliances used with Canada’s medical cannabis industry. The Government of Canada has set a deadline of July 2018 to establish this new industry, which will require regulatory licensing oversight by the Ministry of Canada.
The overall objective of the Act is to help establish a highly competitive and diverse cannabis industry to outcompete the current illegal industry and essentially put it out of business. To achieve this goal, individuals and organizations of all sizes will need to work together to ensure the success of the legalized cannabis and marijuana industry in Canada.
One cultivation license being proposed under the Act is an Industrial Hemp License. This license adapts the current Industrial Hemp Regulations and defines when a license is and is not required for the cultivation of industrial hemp plants.
Industrial hemp would be defined as “cannabis plants whose leaves and flowering heads do not contain more than 0.3% THC.” Licenses would not be required by the Act for those that fall outside the scope of this definition or those identified under Schedule 2 of the Act, or those that are currently defined under the Industrial Hemp Regulations.
Those with an Industrial Hemp License would by authorized to engage other related activities, including:
- Research and Development
In addition, the intra-industry sale of whole plants, flowers, branches, and leaves. Furthermore, since these varieties consist of 0.3% THC or less, the THC testing requirements would be amended to be limited to only seed production.
All Industrial Hemp License applications would be reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Health. Individuals and organizations are able to apply for a single license or multiple licenses when they want to engage in multiple cultivation, processing, and sale activities. The Act will only require a single application be submitted regardless of whether single or multiple licenses are sought.