Canadian hemp growers and hemp seed processors have asked the federal government for years to simplify and remove regulations for hemp production. | File photo
The federal government is easing regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp.
Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in most varieties of hemp.
As well, growers will no longer have to identify fields for planting of hemp, prior to spring seeding.
In federal government language, the change is an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.