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Industrial Hemp Laws in the State of South Carolina

For all Hemp Related resources from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, visit https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/consumer-protection/hemp/ 

HEMP PERMITS

https://agriculture.sc.gov/faq/hemp/

SCDA will take applications for the 2020 growing season from February 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020. The application requirements include: a criminal background check, South Carolina residency, and an application fee. Full details can be found here.

Those seeking to process hemp in South Carolina must obtain a South Carolina Dealer and Handler License (NOT a Hemp Handler Permit) and a South Carolina Weighmaster License as well as a Hemp Processor Permit. Separate fees and requirements apply. The Hemp Processor application and other information are available here.

For 2020, SCDA has created a new permit category for hemp handlers. There are several categories of Permitted Hemp Handler:

  • Warehouse/Storage/Drying Facility
  • Transporter
  • Laboratory
  • Seed Dealer/Supplier
  • Other (Broker, R&D, Sales Rep)

Separate fees and permit requirements apply. More information about the Hemp Handler Permit is available here.

A hemp farming permit does not allow a farmer/grower to process their own hemp or another farmer’s hemp. A separate processing permit is required and is a part of the South Carolina State Plan.

Permitted hemp farmers who wish to sell hemp plants, clones or transplants to other permitted farmers or out of state must obtain a Live Plant Certification from Clemson University. For licensing information, please visit Clemson’s Nursery and Dealer Licensing page or contact Nursery Programs Coordinator Negar Edwards at 864-646-2126 or nedward@clemson.edu.

 Hemp Handler Permit

There are several categories of Permitted Hemp Handler:

  • Warehouse/Storage/Drying Facility
  • Transporter
  • Laboratory
  • Seed Dealer/Supplier
  • Other (Broker, R&D, Sales Rep)

https://agriculture.sc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SCHempHandlerApplication2020.pdf

Farmer Orientation:

https://agriculture.sc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-Orientation.pdf