Update on Hemp Cultivation in San Joaquin County
The cultivation of industrial hemp is prohibited within the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County. Thus, the planting of industrial hemp for any purpose is not permitted at this time.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors have adopted Interim Ordinance Nos. 4497 and 4528:
- Interim Ordinance No. 4497
Moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp by Established Agricultural Research Institutions for research purposes.
Adopted on September 26, 2017 and extended on November 7, 2018. Remains in effect until September 22, 2019.
- Interim Ordinance No. 4528
Moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp for all purposes, including commercial cultivation by commercial growers and seed breeders.
Adopted on March 26, 2019 and extended April 23, 2019. Remains in effect until September 22, 2019.
Collectively, these interim ordinances prohibit the cultivation of industrial hemp, for all purposes, within the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County. Violation of the interim ordinances constitutes a public nuisance and violations may be enforced and abated under Title 1, Division 2 of the San Joaquin County Code and by any other means available by law.
General information regarding industrial hemp can be found at the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (“CDFA”) website. However, please note that, San Joaquin County’s local regulation of industrial hemp cultivation may differ from statements or information contained on the CDFA’s website. Ultimately, the cultivation of industrial hemp within the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County is governed by the interim ordinances identified above. The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office will strive to provide the public with updates regarding such local regulation on this webpage. Thus,
individuals are encouraged to visit this website routinely to remain informed about industrial hemp cultivation in San Joaquin County.