Agriculture - Hemp - Violations

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4.1-18.1-01. Hemp (cannabis sativa L.). "Hemp" means the plant cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, including the seeds

and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis.

4.1-18.1-02. Hemp - Licensure. Any person desiring to grow or process hemp shall apply to the agriculture commissioner

for a license on a form prescribed by the commissioner. A license must be obtained before a person purchases or obtains hemp material for planting or propagation. The applicant is responsible for anyone working under the applicant's license for all sections of this chapter.

1. The application for a license must include the name and address of the applicant, and the legal description of the land area to be used to produce or process hemp.

2. The commissioner shall require each applicant for initial licensure to submit to a statewide and nationwide criminal history record check. The nationwide criminal history record check must be conducted in the manner provided in section 12-60-24. All costs associated with the criminal history record check are the responsibility of the applicant.

3. Criminal history records provided to the commissioner under this section are confidential. The commissioner may use the records only in determining an applicant's eligibility for licensure.

4. The commissioner shall deny licensure to any person convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance under state or federal law in the last ten years.

5. If the applicant has completed the application process to the satisfaction of the commissioner, the commissioner shall issue the license. A license issued under this chapter expires December thirty-first.

6. An application for a license under this subsection may be submitted to the commissioner anytime before the purchase of hemp seed or viable propagation material.

4.1-18.1-03. License fee. The commissioner shall assess each producer and processor a fee not to exceed three

hundred fifty dollars. The commissioner shall deposit fees collected under this chapter in the commissioner's operating fund which are appropriated to the commissioner on a continuing basis for the purpose of enforcing this chapter.

4.1-18.1-04. License - Grounds for denial. 1. The agriculture commissioner may deny or revoke a license to any person who:

a. Repeatedly violates this chapter; b. Provides false or misleading information in connection with any application

required by this chapter; or c. Has been convicted of a felony, as described in section 4.1-18.1-02, since the

most recent criminal history background check. 2. Any person denied a license under this section may request a hearing before the

commissioner within thirty days after the date of the denial.

4.1-18.1-05. Violations. 1. A producer found in violation of this chapter for negligently failing to provide the legal

description of the land where the producer is growing hemp, failing to obtain a license, or by producing hemp with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis is subject to:

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a. Meeting a deadline set by the commissioner to come into compliance with this chapter; and

b. Additional reporting requirements set by the commissioner for a period of no less than two years.

2. An applicant or person licensed to grow hemp under this chapter found in violation of the chapter with a culpable mental state greater than negligence must be reported to the attorney general.

4.1-18.1-06. Confiscation and disposal. 1. Any hemp found to be in violation of this chapter is subject to confiscation and disposal

by the commissioner. 2. Any disposal-related costs will be the responsibility of the producer, owner, or person

responsible for the hemp. 3. The commissioner is not liable for any destruction of hemp or hemp products carried

out under this chapter.

4.1-18.1-07. Commissioner powers. The commissioner may enter on any land or areas where hemp is grown, stored, or

processed for the purposes of inspections, sample collection, testing, or investigation for the purposes of enforcing this chapter.

4.1-18.1-08. Hemp - Research. 1. Any researcher associated with or operating under an institution under the control of

the state board of higher education is exempt from obtaining a license described under section 4.1-18.1-02 to grow hemp. A researcher shall notify the commissioner of the researcher's intent to plant hemp and provide the following information to the commissioner: a. The name and contact information of the primary investigator; and b. The legal description of all land where hemp will be grown as part of the project.

2. The research institution shall ensure the primary investigator and all other project participants meet the criminal history background restrictions in section 4.1-18.1-02.

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