The Farm Bill of 2014 marked a new beginning for industrial hemp cultivation in Nevada. As part of the state’s industrial hemp pilot program, eligible entities could cultivate hemp as part of research programs through various universities and the State Department of Agriculture. Since 2014, the industrial hemp program in Nevada has expanded to include the cultivation of hemp for commercial purposes.
The passage of the Farm Bill of 2018 formally recognized industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. However, the industry remains heavily regulated, and all hemp plants must contain no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Prior to harvesting, hemp farmers in Nevada are required to have samples of their crop tested by an independent laboratory in the state.
Commercial farmers who wish to grow industrial hemp in Nevada must apply for and obtain a license prior to doing so. Applicants also must pay an application fee of $500, and if successful, commercial hemp growers must pay $5 per outdoor acre or $0.33 per 1,000 square feet if growing indoors. Commercial hemp farmers are also responsible for paying for inspection costs, in addition to the field inspector’s drive time at a rate of $50 per hour.
Despite the considerable costs involved, the number of farmers cultivating industrial hemp in Nevada has grown steadily in recent years. Hopefully, this translates to better, higher quality CBD products for sale in Nevada in the years to come.