WHAT IS INDUSTRIAL HEMP?
Industrial hemp means a crop that is limited to types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. having no more than three-tenths of 1 percent (0.3) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in the dried flowering tops, whether growing or not; the seeds of the plant; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin produced therefrom. (California Health and Safety Code Section 11018.5)
GROWING HEMP IN KINGS COUNTY
Kings County allows the cultivation of industrial hemp in the unincorporated areas of the county as allowed by the California Food and Agricultural Code, the California Code of Regulations, and Kings County Urgency Hemp Ordinance NO. 693. General information, including registration packets and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s website.
Kings County Urgency Hemp Ordinance
On June 25, 2019 Kings County enacted Urgency Ordinance NO. 693 setting limitations on the cultivation of industrial hemp in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance restricted cultivation to General Agricultural Zone Districts (AG-20, AG-40) and established a ½ mile set back from Sensitive Receptors, which includes schools, daycare facilities, and zoned residential areas. No cultivation is allowed on unincorporated land within the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) boundaries. The ordinance also limits hemp cultivation for research or educational purposes to 1 acre.
FOR HEMP GROWERS AND SEED BREEDERS:
To help determine if your land may be eligible to grow industrial hemp, click on the link below to utilize the Kings County Development Agency’s GIS Tool to see the Agricultural Zone Districts, as well as the city and LAFCO boundaries.
Instructions for using the GIS Tool
Click the “GIS Viewer” link.
When you get to the county map, click on the Layer List button in the top right corner.
Click the arrow to the left of “Kings” to drop down the layer list.
Scroll down and check the “2008 Primary Sphere of Influence” box (This will appear as a blue line around the cities and represents the LAFCO Sphere of Influence).
Locate the field in question, as it relates to residential areas, schools, and the LAFCO Boundaries.
Check the “Kings Co General Plan 2035” box. The green shaded areas will note the AG-20 and AG-40 zones. Turning on this layer will obscure the satellite layer, so track where your site is while the layer loads.
Please contact our office for additional help using the tool if needed.
HEMP GROWER FORMS
Registration Packet Form - Grower (be sure to select “Kings County” in the drop down box)
Registration Packet Form - Seed Breeder (be sure to select “Kings County” in the drop down box)
Pre-harvest Report Form (be sure to select “Kings County” in the drop down box)
Harvest Report Form (be sure to select “Kings County” in the drop down box)
Destruction Plan Form (be sure to select “Kings County” in the drop down box)