Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has approved rules and regulations for the industrial hemp industry, and officially began accepting applications this week from those wanting to grow hemp. The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized through last year’s passage of Measure 91.

Officials at the Department of Agriculture hope that with the rules being approved now, farmers will be in a position to begin planting seeds in the spring. Those wanting to do so will need to pay a $1,500 licensing fee, and will need to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or lower for all of their crops.

In addition to legalizing hemp, Measure 91 legalized the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for recreational use. Starting July 1st, everyone 21 and older in Oregon will be legally allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to six plants. Cannabis retail outlets are expected to open next year.

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