In the past few weeks, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been receiving applications from hemp farmers, processors / traders and universities for a 2022 industrial hemp license. However, the application deadline is Monday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m. (CT).
In 2016, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act, Section 2-8-380 Code of Alabama 1975, mandating ADAI to develop a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp.
The program then started in 2019 after the 2018 Farm Bill declassified hemp as a drug on List I and classified hemp as an agricultural commodity. This legislation defines hemp as any part of the plant that contains less than 0.3% THC, including derivatives, extracts and cannabinoids.
Applications are only accepted online via the Kelly Registration System (KRS) at agi.alabama.gov/hempapp.