To grow hemp in Georgia, farmers will have to pay an annual fee, submit to inspections and keep accurate harvest records.
Those are some of the hemp farming rules under consideration by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which is accepting public comments on the rules until Aug. 12.
But crops can’t be planted until the state finalizes rules over the hemp program.
Under the rules, an annual hemp grower license would cost $50 per acre, up to a $5,000 maximum. A hemp processor permit would cost $25,000 up front and $10,000 every year after.
Georgians can apply for hemp licenses as soon as the U.S. Department of Agriculture gives its approval.
All licensees would have to undergo inspection and sampling of their hemp crops. If any hemp sample exceeds the 0.3% THC limit, the entire crop will be destroyed.
Unlike marijuana, hemp contains little or no THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.
Hemp growers also must maintain planting, harvest and production records.