Industrial Hemp

For current Industrial Hemp Information, Rules, and Policy, please see:

Commercial Industrial Hemp Cultivation Registration Process

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) along with the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board (IHAB) are responsible for the development of applicable regulations governing the commercial cultivation of hemp in California. The County Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures is the local agency responsible for regulatory oversight and coordination of commercial industrial hemp cultivation in San Luis Obispo County. 

California State regulations went into effect on 4/25/2019 opening up the registration process for the cultivation of commercial industrial hemp. Please see the Commercial Industrial Hemp Registration Requirements site for more information regarding the registration process.


Established Agricultural Research Institution Exemption

Effective January 1, 2019, California State law requires that all hemp growers cultivating under the established agricultural research institution exemption provide GPS coordinates of the planned cultivation site prior to planting industrial hemp. That information must be provided to our office.

The required information as described in Section II (# 1-3) of the CDFA Guidelines, can be submitted via email to our Department at [email protected]. An aerial image identifying the proposed cultivation area can be substituted for GPS coordinates. We will provide confirmation upon receipt of the information via email.

Please contact us if you have questions regarding the submission process or information required.

Related Services

Commercial Industrial Hemp Registration Requirements
What to Know Before You Grow Hemp in the County of SLO

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