Nebraska ag department cleared for hemp licensing

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Associated Press The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Nebraska's hemp plan, paving the way for the state to license for industrial hemp production and sales.

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DOCUMENT: Nebraska Department of Agriculture's hemp plan

With a USDA-approved plan in place, the state can now issue licenses for commercial cultivation, processing, handling, and brokering of hemp throughout the state, Steve Wellman, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, said Tuesday in a news release from the department.

The Nebraska plan lays out the regulations and calls for the state to collect license fees to administer the program for 270 cultivator licenses, 30 processor-handler licenses, and 15 broker licenses. It allows for 400 cultivation sites.

License applications for 2020 will be available Monday via the NDA website.

NAD would sample or require USDA-approved contractors to test plants within 15 days of the anticipated harvest date to ensure the THC level isn't too high. THC is the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.