Industrial (commercial) Hemp



REGISTRATION FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP CULTIVATION IS NOT YET AVAILABLE AND IS NOT YET PERMITTED

While both Federal and State law declassified hemp as a controlled substance, the cultivation of industrial hemp still requires compliance with Federal, State and local laws and there are still several actions that must occur at the Federal and State level prior to hemp being cultivated in Santa Barbara County.  At the Federal level, the State of California must submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture for approval.  If California does not submit a plan, the State must still show compliance with a Federal plan.  Neither a State Plan nor Federal Plan has been finalized and approved.  Therefore, cultivation of industrial hemp still remains in violation of Federal law.

Any cultivation of industrial hemp without a valid registration and without a plan approved under Federal law is in violation of the law and subject to enforcement.