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 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 (seed meal, flour and oil) are not above allowable treshholds 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 hemp (and CBD if applicable), include a "not tested by FDA for efficacy and safety" statement, and not 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 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.).



 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.

 CDPHE Industrial Hemp Policy.

Specific information and regulation references.

 Frequently requested information.

Questions, answers and guidance provided by CDPHE.

 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.

 Industrial hemp approved source list.

List of approved sources for industrial hemp operators.

 Industrial hemp product: tincture label guidance.

This guidance is based on the proposed regulations and may change based on the rulemaking hearing scheduled for February 17, 2021.

 CBD chocolate bar labeling guidance.

This guidance is based on the proposed regulations and may change based on the rulemaking hearing scheduled for February 17, 2021.

 Commercial kitchen guidance.

Commercial kitchen minimum requirements.

 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.

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

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