Current through 2019 Chapter 321
Section 2-23-4 - Unlawful acts (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for: (1) Any person to cultivate, handle, or process hemp in this state unless such person holds a hemp grower license or a hemp processor permit issued by the department pursuant to this chapter or is employed by a licensee or permittee; (2) A permittee to accept hemp for processing from any person other than a licensee, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (4) of this subsection; (3) A licensee to provide or sell hemp to any person other than a permittee; (4) A permittee to accept for processing any hemp grown outside of the State of Georgia, unless such hemp is grown in a state with a plan to regulate hemp production that is approved by the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States or otherwise in accordance with regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Agriculture; (5) A permittee to process hemp pursuant to a hemp processor permit outside of the State of Georgia, unless such processing occurs in a state with a plan to regulate hemp production that is approved by the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States or otherwise in accordance with regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Agriculture; (6) Any licensee or permittee to otherwise fail to comply with the requirements of this chapter; or (7) Offer for sale at retail the unprocessed flower or leaves of the hemp plant. (b) Colleges and universities of the University System of Georgia are hereby authorized pursuant to 7 U.S.C. Section 5940 immediately upon this chapter becoming effective to conduct research under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research, including research on the cultivation and uses of hemp grown within the State of Georgia, breeding and developing new hemp varieties, seed development, consumer uses, and marketing. (c) It shall be lawful for a permittee to process products other than hemp products at a facility when such products are lawfully processed in the state and stored separately from hemp products.
Added by 2019 Ga. Laws 314,§ 1, eff. 5/10/2019.