The Georgia Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments regarding its proposed hemp farming rules until August 12.
The annual fee is $50 per acre, but is capped at $5,000, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Those wishing to process hemp must pay a $25,000 permit fee with an annual renewal cost of $10,000. Farmers have to submit to inspections and must allow samples of their crops to be taken.
Samples will be tested for THC concentration, which must return results of 0.3% THC or less. Any crops testing above the threshold will have to be destroyed.
The USDA has to sign off on the proposed rules, and once that takes place – Georgia farmers can apply for hemp farming licenses.
No seeds can be planted until the rules are finalized.