Industrial hemp or hemp is the Cannabis sativa L. plant including all parts of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. In Vermont, industrial hemp is considered an “agricultural product” when grown by an individual that is registered with Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (the "Agency") as part of its pilot program. Cannabis sativa L. with a THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis is not industrial hemp and is not an agricultural product. It is a violation of the federal Controlled Substance Act to cultivate or possess industrial hemp in Vermont, unless the industrial hemp is grown, cultivated, or marketed under a pilot program authorized by section 7606 of the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-79 (2014 Farm Bill).
The Agency through its industrial hemp program, authorized under 6 VSA, Chapter 34, accepts registrations from interested hemp growers. There are no residency requirements, minimum acreages, or limitations on the numbers of registrants. This is an annual registration; applications received and processed in previous years are not valid beyond the end of that calendar year. Growers must have a valid registration prior to sowing through harvest and drying.
Individuals or companies wishing to register should do so by downloading and completing the Hemp Registration Form. Applicants are required to fill in all fields, sign/initial as appropriate, and return the form with the registration fee to the Agency at the address on the form. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicants along with fees.
Registrants will be assigned a registration number at the time of registration.
The Agency is offering a voluntary sampling and analysis program for THC and other cannabinoids. Results and experiences obtained through this program will provide direction for our efforts to provide analytical services and regulatory guidance for the hemp program in the future. Details of the program are provided in the links below.
Questions, concerns, and suggestions about the industrial hemp program, the sampling and analysis pilot program or procedures, or Vermont hemp generally should be directed to AGR.hemp@Vermont.gov.
List of Hemp Registrants (Vermont Open Data Portal)