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Alabama grants 216 hemp licenses: Here’s the county-by-county list

FILE – In this April 24, 2018, file photo, a hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) AP

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has granted more than 200 licenses for growers of industrial hemp, the agency announced.

The licenses cover 152 growers, 59 processors and five universities, covering the growth, cultivation, processing and research of the plant.

“We have had a significant interest in the Alabama Industrial Hemp Pilot Program from potential growers and processors since the availability of applications was announced in January,” Ag Commissioner Rick Pate said.

The licenses are part of a pilot program that comes after the 2018 passage of the farm bill, which reclassified hemp – defined as part of the cannabis plant that has less than 0.3 percent THC – from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity. Individuals and businesses must be licensed by the state agriculture department to grow or process help and it’s illegal to possess any raw or unprocessed hemp, hemp plants, or seeds without a license from the ADAI.

Here’s the Ag Department’s list of hemp licensees by county and type:

Alabama grants 216 hemp licenses: Here’s the county-by-county list FILE – In this April 24, 2018, file photo, a hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. (AP ]]>