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Regulations for industrial hemp production are being established in Costa Rica

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The executive branch of Costa Rica signed the first regulation of Law No. 10113 relating to Use of cannabis or non-psychoactive cannabinoids for food and industrial use. The said regulation was signed by President Rodrigo Chaves Robles and the heads of the Governor of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Laura Bonilla, and Health, Jocelyn Chacon.

A MAG press release notes that the regulation applies to individuals or legal entities interested in importing, planting, growing, harvesting, post-harvesting, storage, transportation, processing, as well as manufacturing, marketing, importing and exporting.

The regulation states that the license for cultivation, production and related activities of cannabis is processed by the Directorate of Agricultural Extension in Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and these will have no cost; It will be granted for a period of 6 years and can be renewed for equal periods, upon the request of the authorized person and after demonstrating that it fulfills all the requirements and obligations stipulated in the regulations.

Among the activities authorized by MAG are the acquisition of seeds, seedlings, cuttings, or any material for cannabis propagation. Also, cannabis plants are grown, developed, harvested, imported, transported and marketed as raw materials for conversion processes, among others.

The regulation will enter into force as soon as it is published in the Official Gazette La Gaceta. Persons interested in submitting authorization requests can do so in person or digitally, through the email provided for this purpose: [email protected] In addition, efforts are made in order to enable a single action in the short term, so that all actions related to other entities are carried out in one place.

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