Canada has legalized cannabis for all purposes and with this new legalization comes new rules you should be aware of. Canadian hemp growers and ancillary businesses will need to be aware of the new IHR that will take effect October 17, 2018.

These changes are as follows:

  • The flowering heads, leaves, and branches of industrial hemp will no longer need to be destroyed. Instead, these plant parts may be sold to another holder of an industrial hemp license or a holder of a license under the Cannabis Regulations. Please note that you will be required to store these plant parts under conditions that maintain quality. Also, if they are intended for sale, these plant parts must be transported in a capacity that preserves quality.
  • Criminal record checks will no longer be required.
  • You will no longer be prohibited from cultivating hemp within on kilometer of school grounds or public spaces.
  • You will no longer be required to store industrial hemp in a locked container or a locked location or secure facilities.
  • You will no longer be required to use third party sampling for testing.
  • New import and export permits will be valid for up to six months.
  • You will have 30 days to notify the Minister of changes to license information.
  • You must notify the Minister of required cultivation information within 30 days of seeding.
  • New licenses will be valid for up to five years.

In the fall of 2018, Health Canada will release industrial Hemp application guide that will allow for completion through the new online tracking and licensing portal.

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