California Industrial Hemp Bill Signed into Law

In early October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1409 into law. SB 1409 removes barriers to hemp cultivation in California by authorizing the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to establish an industrial hemp pilot program, update and match the definition of hemp, increase access to hemp seed, and more. 
CCOF joined hemp advocacy groups in support of SB 1409 because it would expand hemp production in California and open the possibility for organic certification of California hemp. The authorized hemp pilot program would align with the National Organic Program (NOP) requirements for certified organic hemp cultivation and would streamline registration for hemp producers. NOP requires certified organic hemp production to adhere to the 2014 Farm Bill authorization and the joint USDA, FDA, and DEA “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp.”
CCOF will continue to monitor industrial hemp production in California. For more information on CCOF’s position on industrial hemp, please contact Peter Nell.