Department of Agriculture - Licensed Cultivators - Sampling.


Published: 2020-01-31

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(A) All growing locations shall be subject to random sampling and inspection at any time by the department for compliance with Chapter 928. of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(B) During the sample collection window as outlined in rule 901:14-1-08 of the Administrative Code, the licensed cultivator or an authorized representative shall be present at the growing location. Representatives of the department shall be provided with complete and unrestricted access to all hemp and other cannabis plants, whether growing or harvested, and all land, buildings, and other structures used for the cultivation, handling, and storage of all hemp and other cannabis plants; and all locations listed in the license application.

(C) The department shall take samples from each field, greenhouse, building, or site where hemp is being cultivated by the licensee. The samples shall consist of cuttings from at least five hemp plants within the growing location. A set of samples must be taken for each variety. The hemp plants selected for sampling shall be determined by the department and not the licensee. The licensee shall be afforded one testing sample per growing location. All additional samples taken due to the licensed cultivator having multiple fields, greenhouses, buildings, sites, or additional varieties grown on the growing location shall be subject to the fees outlined in rule 901:14-1-04 of the Administrative Cod.

(D) Samples collected by the department may be tested by the department or its designee for compliance with Chapter 928. of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(E) All samples taken pursuant to the rule shall be provided at no cost to the department. The samples become the property of the department and are non-returnable.