Maine Revised Statutes

§2231. Industrial hemp

1. Definition.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, "industrial hemp" means any variety of Cannabis sativa L. with a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis and that is grown or possessed by a licensed grower in compliance with this chapter. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, "certified seed source" means a source of hemp seeds that are certified by a 3rd party as producing hemp having a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
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2. Growing permitted.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp if that person holds a license issued pursuant to subsection 4. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may plant, grow and harvest only hemp that is grown from seeds acquired from a certified seed source. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may acquire hemp seeds directly from a certified seed source or from a hemp seed distributor licensed in this State distributing hemp seeds pursuant to subsection 2-A.
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2-A. Seed distribution.  The commissioner may issue a license for a hemp seed distributor if the hemp seeds distributed by the hemp seed distributor are from a certified seed source. The commissioner may issue a license under this subsection to a holder of a seed labeling license pursuant to section 1044-A.
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3. Application.  A person desiring to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes shall apply to the commissioner for a license on a form prescribed by the commissioner. The application must include the name and address of the applicant, the legal description of the land area to be used for the production of industrial hemp and a map, an aerial photograph or global positioning coordinates sufficient for locating the production fields.
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4. License issued.  Upon review and approval of an application, the commissioner shall notify the applicant and request that the application fee determined under subsection 7 be submitted. Upon receipt of the appropriate fee, the commissioner shall issue a license, which is valid for a period of one year and only for the site or sites specified in the license.
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5. Documentation.
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6. Rules.  The commissioner shall adopt rules to establish an application fee, a license fee, per acre fees for monitoring, sampling and testing and guidelines for monitoring the growth and harvest of industrial hemp. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
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7. Fees.  The commissioner shall establish through rulemaking under subsection 6 an application fee, a license fee and per acre fees for monitoring, sampling and testing that are reasonable and necessary to cover the costs of the department. The application fee must be no less than $50 and no more than $100, the license fee must be no less than $100 and no more than $500, and the fees for monitoring, sampling and testing must be no less than $1 per acre and no more than $100 per acre.
All fees received pursuant to this subsection must be paid to the Treasurer of State and credited to a separate, nonlapsing account in the department. Money received pursuant to this subsection must be used for the expenses of administering this chapter.
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8. Licensing contingent upon action by Federal Government.
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SECTION HISTORY
2009, c. 320, §1 (NEW). 2015, c. 202, §1 (AMD).