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This Program, The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Program, has a regulatory role (authority) that is limited to the cultivation (growing) of industrial hemp only.
Use the following as a guide to finding the appropriate Regulatory Agency and/or CDA Program to contact for information on hemp-related regulations and requirements that are outside the scope of cultivation (growing) of Industrial Hemp, and as such, are outside the scope of this Program.
The CDA does not regulate the processing and/or extraction or end-use products. Our program staff is not able to answer any questions about regulations or requirements for processing and/or extraction, sales, products, product testing, etc. since it is not within the scope of our program.
Who to Contact? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has regulatory authority over-processing and processed hemp materials and products intended for human consumption or use. Registration with CDPHE is a legal requirement. Please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directly for any further information.
For Information on hemp products (includes CBD products and cosmetics) and processing requirements please see CDPHE’s FAQ document: For information on how to apply to produce or sell hemp products please visit their website or contact them directly:
For further Processing and Extraction information contact CDPHE’s Jon Strauss.
The CDA does not have information at this time on who may be interested in purchasing materials from growers.
Our program staff is not able to offer further suggestions about how to find answers to your questions about end-use products, sales and/or distribution since it is not within the scope of our program.
For information on selling seed please see our “Hemp Seed Information” page. Here you will find:
Information on how you can register with the Seed Program to sell seed.
Information on CDA Approved Certified Seed, for details on the 4-part process, and what the certification process is to have their seed CDA Approved and Certified.
You will also find a list of all CDA Approved and Certified Seed with distributor information, along with the most recent of press releases which CDA puts out as new varieties are added.
If you are shipping raw plant material out of the state or country, you may also need a phytosanitary certificate. For information on what documentation may be needed for exporting hemp (plant material) please contact CDA’s Export Program directly using the “contact us” button on their website.
What is a Phytosanitary Certificate? Applicable to Farm Product, NOT APPLICABLE TO FINISHED PRODUCT. Phytosanitary Certificate= The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) facilitates the export of plant products and commodities to other countries and other states by inspecting these products and then certifying (issuing a phytosanitary certificate) that shows the product is free of insects, nematodes, plant diseases and/or weeds PRIOR to shipment. This service is offered to comply with receiving country or state requirements and regulations.
For more information please visit the Phytosanitary Program's Website:
For Information on Finished Product see contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or see PROCESSING AND EXTRACTION OPERATIONS, AND HEMP PRODUCTS for more information.
For Shipping Information please see Shipping Requirements.
For Exporting to outside States or Country see Exporting Plant Material