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The Kansas Department of Agriculture hosted the event to discuss the new law that was passed by the Legislature to allow for the production and processing of Industrial Hemp in Kansas.The Department of Ag will be responsible for writing the regulations for the new program which will include a registration of all producers which will likely include requirements for fingerprinting and background checks. Representatives from Kentucky and Colorado were there to explain how their states handle Industrial Hemp production and processing since it is still considered a level one controlled substance.
Those states require that “certified seed” be utilized. Producers must go through extensive state and federal background checks and must be fingerprinted. Fields or locations of any Industrial Hemp that is being grown must be provided with GPS coordinates.
The Department of Ag has 7 months to draft the regulations with plans to allow for production of Industrial Hemp in Kansas in 2019.
McGee attended the program because the City of Moundridge has been contacted by Hemp processing companies taking a look at our region for a potential facility.
More information is available from theKansas Department of Agriculture Website.