Hemp in food

The State Health Department’s Hemp Program regulates and inspects all hemp manufacturing operations in Colorado. While farms are licensed and regulated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, once the crop leaves the farm it is this department’s responsibility to oversee the manufacturing, packaging, testing and distribution of all hemp products. This includes extraction, any additional processing, and the relabeling of all industrial hemp containing food, supplement, and cosmetic products.

Colorado Revised Statues (C.R.S.) §35-61-101(7) defines industrial hemp as:
 
"... a plant of the genus cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis.”
 
Industrial hemp (IH) production is allowed in Colorado. Operators who manufacture food, supplement, or cosmetic products containing industrial hemp must be able to demonstrate that the hemp comes from an approved source, that it conforms to the standard of identity established in statute, and that other parts of the plant are not above allowable thresholds for THC. Operators must be in good standing and compliance with the governing laws of the state or country of origin. The product must also be clearly labeled as containing industrial hemp, should include a "not tested by FDA for efficacy and safety" statement, and packaging as well as advertising or media cannot make any health claims.
 
We regulate CBD derived from industrial hemp as either a food ingredient or as a nutritional supplement. We don't currently place age restrictions on who can purchase, consume, dose or ingest these products, except when it is combined with other age-restricted commodities (i.e. alcohol or marijuana-infused products).
 
 

Apply

  Apply for industrial hemp registration

 
Registration is specific to the owner and location and is not transferable. Make sure to complete both pages and submit the appropriate documentation. In addition to this application, you may need to submit additional documentation or information, depending on your business type:
Industrial Hemp Extractors:
  • Include your extraction methods and all chemicals used.
  • Include all locally required permitting and approval documentation, including fire inspection approval.
  • Indicate the source(s) for your hemp or CBD (crude, isolate, etc.).

 

Please fill out the online sign up form to be added to the industrial hemp stakeholder list.

Learn

Frequently requested information.

Questions, answers and guidance provided by CDPHE.

Industrial hemp approved source list.

List of approved sources for industrial hemp operators.

 
A map of the state hemp programs.

Industrial Hemp Laboratory Certification.

Information about certification of marijuana testing facilities.

Industrial hemp: pesticide testing list.

This pesticide testing list will be implemented August 1, 2021 and will be the required pesticide testing until October 1, 2021, when the full pesticide list will be implemented.

Industrial hemp testing: common scenarios.

Specific information and regulation references.

Industrial hemp product: tincture label guidance.

Labeling guidance for tincture with an example.

CBD chocolate bar label guidance.

Labeling guidance for chocolate bar with an example.

CBD Cosmetics label guidance.

Labeling guidance for cosmetics with an example.

Commercial kitchen guidance.

Commercial kitchen minimum requirements.

Hemp "Do's and Don'ts."

Suggestions to make your operation more compliant.

FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products: Questions & Answers.

Questions, answers and guidance provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) compliance tips.

Hemp products that are in compliance and manufactured by CDPHE-registered facilities can now be sold at retail marijuana facilities. For more information, please see the 2020 Department of Revenue compliance tip "Industrial Hemp Product," dated May 20, 2020.

Colorado Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Program.

For all questions and information about industrial hemp farming and testing of hemp crops, please visit Colorado Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Program web page.

Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan.

A collaborative effort between multiple state and local agencies, tribal leaders and industry experts to determine a blueprint for this emerging industry.

Contact
303-692-3645, option 2
cdphe.hemp.dehs@state.co.us

For invoicing questions
303-692-3645, option 4