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Connecticut offering new license for hemp entrepreneurs

Gabriel Recendiz, left, and Soloman Figueroa plant hemp in one of William Corbin's fields in Springfield, Tenn. where Corbin previously grew tobacco.Michelle Morrow/The Nashville Ledger via Associated Press/The Nashville Ledger via AP

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is reminding hemp entrepreneurs they need to be licensed with the agency if they want to manufacture certain hemp products.

Under a new state law, which created a new industrial hemp research project, anyone who plans to manufacture hemp products that are consumed in any way by people — such as food products, lotions, or oils — must obtain a license from the department.

Retailers of hemp products who are not manufacturing do not need licenses.

The state agency has created a website with information about the new hemp consumables manufacturing license, including how to apply and the testing requirements. Those seeking more information can email the Department of Consumer Protection at dcp.hemp@ct.gov.


Dozens of people have sought growing licenses through the Department of Agriculture.