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Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis Division

The Utah Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis Division ensures safety, compliance and equity to the industrial hemp industry by monitoring Utah’s cultivators, processors and retail establishments. This program ensures consumer safety and product integrity by approving products prior to entering the Utah market and verifying through inspections that safety and label standards are met. 


Important news:

  • An Update for Industrial Hemp Cultivators: As per H.B. 385 Hemp and CBD Amendments, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will no longer be responsible for regulating and licensing hemp cultivators in Utah. All interested cultivators will need to apply for and obtain a USDA license. The requirements for processing, product and retail licenses will not be changing. UDAF will be holding a webinar to explain this transition, the requirements of the USDA program and how to apply for a USDA license. A webinar recording will be made available as soon as possible. Please email farmbill.hemp@usda.gov or call (202) 720-2491 with any questions.
  • To sell industrial hemp products, including CBD, hemp fiber, hemp seed oil, etc., Utah retailers must register for and maintain an Industrial Hemp Retail Permit. Click here for more information.

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Additional Information:

The Utah Agricultural Code and Hemp & Cannabinoid Act was updated earlier this year to include a required industrial hemp retailer permit.  Utah Code 4-41-1-103.3 and Utah Administrative Rule 68-33 outlines the requirements and standards for permit. 

 All retail establishments who market and sell industrial hemp products to include hemp fiber, hemp seed oil, or products containing a cannabinoid, including CBD, must apply for and maintain a current permit with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF).

To apply for a permit click this link.

The permit is $50 per calendar year.

Our inspectors will have an increased presence through the retail environment to ensure compliance with this new requirement. As a reminder, all industrial hemp products marketed, displayed and sold in the state of Utah must be registered with UDAF.  Attached is an information flyer to better assist with applicable laws and administrative rules governing the sale and marketing of industrial hemp products. 

To update your Retail Permit please fill out this form.


Here are the directions as well to finding the application:

- Online Services
License/Permit Renew
- New License/ Permit Application
- Scroll Down Select 8003

R68-25-7. Required Reports

1) A licensee shall submit a completed Production Report on a form provided by the department by December 31st.
2) A licensee shall submit a report of the results of the research as set forth in the research plan by December 31st.
3) The failure to submit a timely completed form may result in the denial of a renewal license.

Click here to file a Production Report.

R68-25-12-2 Transportation of Industrial Hemp Material

An industrial hemp transportation permit is required for each day and each vehicle used to move industrial hemp or industrial hemp products.
Click here to apply for a Transportation Permit.

To update your license please fill out this form.

R68-32 - Sale and Transfer of industrial Hemp Waste to Medical Cannabis Cultivators

  • Industrial Hemp Cultivators and Processors Can sell Industrial Hemp Waste to a Medical Cultivator  and Individuals can cultivate and process industrial hemp if they are licensed by the Department.
  • A certificate of sale is required for each transfer of “Industrial Hemp Waste” to a Medical Cannabis Cultivator.
  • Please Review all informational material below before submitting a Certificate of Sale Application.

Hemp Waste Fact-Sheet

Example “Certificate of Sale” Application - Use example to gather all required information

Hemp Waste Certificate of Sale Application - Allow 10 Business Days for Form to be processed

Fill out this application to log the transportation of hemp material.

A response will be sent as a virtual hemp transportation permit, which allows a permit holder the ability to transfer industrial hemp products on public roads in Utah.

A licensee shall not sell or transfer living plants, viable plants, viable seeds, leaf material, or floral material to any person not licensed by the department or to any person outside the state who is not authorized by the laws of that state. R68-24-9 (1) An industrial hemp transportation permit is required for each day and each vehicle used to move industrial hemp raw material. R68-25-12 (2) and R68-24-8 (3)

Valid purposes of transportation include; purchase or sale of hemp material, sample submissions, movement between storage locations, and conferences, educational purposes, or conventions.

Utah Industrial Hemp Program Flyer


What is Industrial Hemp?

Cannabis Sativa L. that has less than 0.3% THC.  Industrial hemp products include, but are not limited to CBD products, hemp fiber, hemp seed oil, etc.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana is cannabis that contains over 0.3% THC.

How are they the same and how are they different?

Industrial hemp and medical cannabis come from the same plant genus. This is similar to the difference between sweet corn and field corn, while both are corn, the purposes are different.  Both industrial hemp and medical cannabis products look similar and contain many of the same chemical compounds, however, the concentration of compounds in the two plant species can be vastly different. The legal difference is the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the plant contains.  If the cannabis plant contains more than 0.3% THC it is considered medical cannabis or marijuana.

Why is the Department of Agriculture and Food Involved?

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food was identified as the department in the best position to provide regulatory oversight for the identification, cultivation, processing, testing, and distribution of hemp-based products.

Can I Buy CBD products in Utah?

The purpose of the law is to make sure the product being sold is free from harmful contaminants and matches the label requirements. The Department has established rules for the sale and purchase of CBD oil in the state.  CBD oil registered with the Department, meeting all testing, labeling and other requirements as established by rule, may be purchased in Utah.

Please fill out this form if you have questions or concerns regarding growers, processors, retail establishments, or products of industrial hemp. If you choose to remain anonymous it may be difficult to collect enough information to begin an investigation or follow-up.  Once a complaint is submitted, the UDAF Cannabis Program staff will evaluate your complaint to determine if sufficient information exists to proceed.

 

UTAH MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM

Information about the Utah Medical Cannabis Program including patient, provider, production, and pharmacy information can be found at https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/

The medical cannabis card application process can be found at: https://medicalcannabis.utah.gov/patients/i-am-a-patient/