South Dakota awaiting licensing to join North Dakota as hemp producer

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Hemp is no longer a controlled substance in South Dakota, but that doesn’t mean farmers can rush out to plant it.

The 2018 Farm Bill doesn’t include hemp as a controlled substance, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. But north of the border, farmers will still need to be licensed and pass a background check before they can grow it. And once the crop is in the ground, he said, regular testing is required to ensure tetrahydrocannabinol levels do not exceed the minimum threshold of 0.03 percent.

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