Cannacurio: Nevada Industrial Hemp Overview


The Nevada Department of Agriculture is the entity responsible for providing support to industrial hemp growers, seed producers and handlers. The Department defines these categories as follows:

  • Grower: A person who is registered by the Department and cultivates industrial hemp. An application is required if the applicant intends to grow hemp with the intent to harvest the crop for biomass. Harvesting viable seed for distribution/replication will require an additional licensure.
  • Producer: A person who is registered by the Department and produces agricultural hemp seed for replication. A license is required if you intend on growing hemp to produce viable seed for resale/distribution. You must be licensed as a hemp grower prior to being issued a seed production license.
  • Handler: A person who is registered by the Department and receives industrial hemp for processing into commodities, products or agricultural hemp seed. An application is required if the applicant intends on receiving hemp for processing into commodities, products or agricultural hemp seed. Examples of categories that would require a handling license include : Seed conditioning, textile manufacturing, oil extraction, cosmetics, food products, animal products, etc.

Key Findings

We have recently updated the Nevada hemp licenses in the database and here are some of our findings:

  • There are 175 licenses spread across the three activities: 109 growers, 47 handlers and 19 seed producers
  • Hemp Flower was cited by 73 (67%) of the growers as an intended product with CBD Oil listed second; 65 (60%). Cultivators were able to make multiple selections from 11 choices.
  • Handlers were asked to explain their intended processing of raw hemp. Grinding was the most prevalent choice: 19 (40%). C02 and Ethanol were each at 13(28%). Applicants were required to document all the techniques they used.
  • Industrial hemp products intended for human consumption, like cannabidiol (CBD oil), can be sold in marijuana dispensaries throughout Nevada
  • We found little concentration among license holders. 114 have one license while 28 have two or three.

Here are the details:

Nevada Hemp Licenses by Activity

Nevada Industrial Hemp Licenses

Here are the details on intended product usage. The Other category included a wide range of plans including biomass, CBG oil, and CBD isolate. The 109 cultivators had 259 responses.

Nevada Hemp Grower Products

The extraction types also contained a variety of choices. The 47 processors had 66 responses:Nevada Hemp Extraction Methods

Finally, we did not find a great deal of license concentration in Nevada’s program. Only five license holders held three licenses:Nevada License Holders With Multiple Licenses

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Ed Keating

Ed Keating is a co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Cannabiz Media and oversees our data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products over the last twenty five years. During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he has led marketing, product management and sales organizations. These companies include Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House, CT Corporation, EDGAR Online and Business & Legal Reports. At Cannabiz Media Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products and businesses in the cannabis economy. Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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