Connecticut Department of Agriculture Launches Hemp Licensing Portal


Contact:  Nathan Wilson, (860) 713-2528


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt today announced the launch of a new webpage and online licensing portal for hemp producers and processors in the state, available at  This comes after Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act 19-3, An Act Concerning a Pilot Program for Hemp, on May 9, 2019.


“This is a monumental milestone for Connecticut, which would not have been reached without the cooperation and collaboration of our partners and sister agencies” said Commissioner Hurlburt.  “Hemp has the potential to stabilize the agricultural economy and attract new farmers to the industry while providing consumers with a locally grown product that is in high demand.  It also supports the governor’s initiative to create new market opportunities for the small business men and women in Connecticut.”


The 2018 Farm Bill redefines hemp as a raw agricultural commodity that can be freely marketed, provided the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) content is not more than 0.3% on a dry matter basis. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants.


Once harvested, the raw agricultural commodity, hemp, can be transformed into a value-added product.


The first hemp grower application was filed through the new licensing portal by Dylan Williams of Ledyard, CT. Williams is a board member of the Connecticut Hemp Industry Association (CHIA) and has been conducting agronomic field research related to hemp at the University of Connecticut for the past two years with Dr. Gerald Berkowitz.


“This permit will enable me to conduct continued research on my farm, establishing nutrient requirements for hemp, and a plan for pest management specific to the needs of Connecticut farmers.  Hemp will add diversity to my farm, and will give farmers in our state the chance to do so as well, bringing back economic viability to Connecticut family farms,” explained Williams.


“The development and execution of this project is a clear demonstration of the administration’s responding to industry needs in an efficient and timely manner,” Commissioner Hurlburt remarked.  “I am proud of the tireless efforts of our staff and their teamwork with our partners in this program, including the Departments of Consumer Protection and Administrative Services, among others.  It is another example of what can be accomplished when we all come together around a common goal to serve the citizens of Connecticut.”


For more information on the Connecticut Hemp Research Pilot Program, contact, call 860-713-2502 or visit