California Hemp Rules by County

U.S. hemp sales reached $1 billion last year — a figure that is growing rapidly. Production was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill. But what has emerged in California is a patchwork of laws, similar to those surrounding commercial pot, that determine when and where hemp can be grown.

“Anticipated to be a future powerhouse of hemp production because of its rich soils and temperate climate that allows for year-round cultivation, California has lagged behind other hemp states as the only one to make county-level agriculture commissioners responsible for passing hemp production ordinances in each of its 58 counties,” notes Hemp Industry Daily.

What has emerged is this snapshot:

  • California is home to 23 hemp-producing counties (258 growers, 34 seed breeders and 16,899 registered acres).
  • 7 counties have bans or moratoriums in place until 2020 and 4 until at least 2021.
  • Sixteen counties have no bans at all.

You can find a map with the current hemp status of every California County at Hemp Industry Daily’s website.