Governor Ned Lamont in the present day introduced that the State of Connecticut has licensed 82 hemp growers, 2 processors, and 21 producers underneath a brand new pilot program he signed into regulation this spring permitting for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and manufacturing of hemp crops and by-products within the state. In whole, there are presently 294 acres of land getting used to develop hemp in Connecticut.
The governor made the announcement throughout a go to in Ledyard to City Farm, one of many many small companies throughout the state which can be collaborating in this system. He mentioned this system is creating extra enterprise alternatives for the state’s agricultural trade.
“Our administration is dedicated to efforts that can strengthen our agricultural economic system and create jobs, and achieve this in a accountable method by providing a aggressive market to hundreds of our state’s farmers,” Governor Lamont mentioned. “Since we launched this hemp program, we’ve developed nice partnerships with these farmers – a few of whom have been within the trade for a few years and are diversifying their agricultural alternatives with hemp, and different who’re first-timers and have change into drawn to this new and rising market. I’m excited concerning the alternatives this program is creating.”
The laws, Public Act 19-3, was authorised in each chambers of the Normal Meeting by unanimous, bipartisan votes and rapidly signed into regulation by Governor Lamont on Might 9 with the intent of enacting this system in time for the quick approaching hemp-growing season.
The Connecticut Division of Agriculture (DOAG), which is accountable underneath the act for licensing the growers and processors, had this system up and operating inside one week and launched an internet portal – out there at www.ctgrown.gov/hemp – giving growers a chance to submit purposes for licenses. The pilot program requires DOAG to check the expansion, cultivation, and advertising and marketing of business hemp by licensed entities in Connecticut. In accordance with federal regulation, the state company is liable for guaranteeing that the manufacturing is just happening at websites licensed by, and registered with, the state.
“It’s thrilling to have the ability to supply a brand new alternative and marketplace for Connecticut farmers to take part,” DOAG Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt mentioned. “There was a variety of engagement and collaboration with companions and farmers throughout the state, and it’s nice to rejoice the primary rising season with all the companions in the present day.”
The act requires the Division of Shopper Safety (DCP) to license producers of hemp merchandise for human consumption.
“The Division of Shopper Manufacturing is wanting ahead to supporting this rising trade whereas guaranteeing merchandise manufactured in our state shield the well being and security of the general public,” DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull mentioned.