On November 27, 2019, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) issued a Compliance Tip for industrial hemp product sales and use as an ingredient. This tip clarifies Colorado Revised Statutes 44-10-103, 44-10-601, and Rules 5-105, 6-105, 5-305, 6-305.
We encourage all industry stakeholders to read the compliance tip to understand industrial hemp product sales and use as an ingredient.
Industrial Hemp Product Sales at Regulated Marijuana Stores:
- Medical Marijuana Stores may sell Industrial Hemp Products.
- Retail Marijuana Stores may not sell Industrial Hemp Products until July 1, 2020.
- Starting July 1, 2020, Medical and Retail Marijuana Stores may sell Industrial Hemp Products, but prior to sale, they are required to verify that Industrial Hemp Products have passed all required testing at a Medical or Retail Marijuana Testing Facility.
What testing is required?
- Biomass/Plant Material – Cannabinoid Potency, Microbial Contamination, Pesticides, and Heavy Metals (starting January 1, 2020).
- Concentrates (crude oil, distillate, isolate, etc.) – Cannabinoid Potency, Residual Solvent Analysis, and Heavy Metals (starting January 1, 2020).
- Industrial Hemp Products cannot achieve process validation so every harvest or production batch must be tested.
- Industrial Hemp testing must be tracked through METRC.
Where can I source Industrial Hemp Products?
- Biomass, industrial hemp concentrate, or Industrial Hemp Products must be sourced from a Colorado-based business that is registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture for biomass/plant material and the CDPHE for industrial hemp concentrates or products.
Industrial Hemp Product Used as an Ingredient in Regulated Marijuana Concentrate and Product:
- Effective July 1, 2020, Medical Marijuana Products Manufacturers and Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturers may use Industrial Hemp Products as an ingredient in Regulated Marijuana Concentrate and Regulated Marijuana Product only if the Industrial Hemp Product passes all mandatory testing.
- The CDPHE encourages licensees to start testing any Industrial Hemp Products it uses as an ingredient as soon as possible, and to acquire Industrial Hemp Product only from someone registered with the CDPHE.
Not registered with the CDPHE?
If your Industrial Hemp or Industrial Hemp Product business is located in another state or not registered with the CDPHE, we recommend testing your products through our sister laboratory, Botanacor.
Botanacor is an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited laboratory with A2LA and follows the same stringent testing framework that Agricor Laboratories employs. Botanacor is the leading hemp and CBD product testing laboratory in North America and is positioned to be ready for USDA hemp testing requirements that will launch in 2020.
To learn more, please visit: http://botanacor.com/.