571.305. Authorization of industrial hemp activities; registration; records; inspections; fees
(1) To grow or handle industrial hemp, a person must be registered with the State Department of Agriculture as a grower or handler.
(2)(a) Only a grower or handler registered under this section may produce agricultural hemp seed. For a grower or handler to produce agricultural hemp seed, the grower or handler must be registered with the department as an agricultural hemp seed producer.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection:
(A) A grower registered under this section that retains agricultural hemp seed for the purpose of personally propagating industrial hemp in a subsequent year is not required to register with the department as an agricultural hemp seed producer; and
(B) A grower or handler registered under this section that produces Cannabis seeds that are incapable of germination, or a handler registered under this section that processes Cannabis seeds that are incapable of germination into commodities or products, is not required to register with the department as an agricultural hemp seed producer.
(3) An applicant for registration under this section must submit to the department, in a form and manner prescribed by the department, the following information:
(a) The name and address of the applicant;
(b) The name and address of the industrial hemp operation of the applicant; and
(c) Any other information required by the department by rule.
(4) Registration under this section is valid for a one-year term, beginning on January 1. A grower, handler or agricultural hemp seed producer may renew a registration under this section in a form and manner prescribed by the department.
(5) A registration under this section is a personal privilege and is not transferable.
(6) A grower or handler registered under this section must keep records as required by the department by rule. Upon not less than three days’ notice, the department may subject the records to inspection or audit during normal business hours. The department may make an inspection or audit for the purpose of ensuring compliance with:
(a) A provision of ORS 571.300 to 571.348;
(b) A rule adopted under a provision of ORS 571.300 to 571.348; or
(c) An order issued by the department pursuant to a provision of ORS 571.300 to 571.348 or a rule adopted under a provision of ORS 571.300 to 571.348.
(7) In addition to any inspection conducted pursuant to ORS 561.275, the department may inspect any crop during the crop’s growth phase and take a representative composite sample for field analysis. If a crop contains an average tetrahydrocannabinol concentration exceeding 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis or a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration exceeding the concentration allowed under federal law, whichever is greater, the department may detain, seize or embargo the crop as provided under ORS 561.605 to 561.620, subject to any process established under section 9 of this 2018 Act.
(8) The department may charge growers, handlers and agricultural hemp seed producers application fees, registration and renewal of registration fees, administrative change fees and fees for other services in amounts reasonably calculated by the department to pay the cost of administering ORS 571.300 to 571.348. Moneys from fees charged under this subsection shall be deposited in the Industrial Hemp Fund established under section 30 of this 2018 Act.
(9) The department may adopt rules establishing public health and safety standards and industry best practices for growers and handlers registered under this section.
Added by Laws 2009, c. 897, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2010. Amended by Laws 2015, c. 503, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2016; Laws 2016, c. 71, § 2, eff. March 29, 2016; Laws 2018, c. 116, § 28, eff. April 13, 2018.