Industrial Hemp

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

Commercial Hemp Cultivation

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) along with the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board (IHAB) are responsible for the development of applicable regulations that will govern the commercial cultivation of hemp in California. The County Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measues anticipates being the local agency responsible for that regulatory oversight and coordination, but until regulations are in place, we cannot accept any applications for commercial hemp cultivation in San Luis Obispo County.

Additional information is available on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board website.

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.

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