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The legality of hemp in the South American country was up for question for years. Its close association to marijuana led to its disallowance in the early years of the country’s existence. But now, the South American country has legalized hemp cultivation – and the climate is perfect for farmers to grow it. Ecuador legalized hemp production, shifting it from the list of substances being controlled under the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP). Now the plant is in the jurisdiction of agricultural authorities.
The Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock in Ecuador set a THC limit of 1.0%. This is excellent news for farmers, as the United States, one of many other countries, has a complicated hemp policy. Hemp has to be less than 0.3% THC – a regulation that differentiates hemp from marijuana and is much more lenient than many countries’ policies. If a crop goes over the 0.3% THC limit, regulations typically require it to be destroyed. Growers in these countries are asking for the allowed maximum THC content to be raised to 1.0%. The nations that observe this limit have an advantage over those where the limit is lower.
For a long time, hemp has been difficult to harvest because of its associated stigma and the difficulty of growing it. But Ecuador’s climate is perfect for the crop and, as a result, it’s easier to grow than ever before. Ecuador also has competitive labor costs. This means that hemp is an inexpensive start-up option when compared to other parts of the world.
In order to grow industrial hemp in Ecuador, hemp growers must register with the government. The registration process includes a plan describing the proposed approaches for cultivation, production, and commercialization. Applicants must provide information about their production site, as well as meet other specific requirements (depending on the license being requested). However, the license fee is based on what type you’re requesting and how extensive it is. For example, a $400 USD fee for the use of a commercial kitchen with a small-scale license. Or, a $3,000 USD fee for a restaurant with a large-scale license.
Farmers need to abide by a set of rules and regulations when they produce, process, and trade hemp seeds. The first is that importing hemp seeds must be authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture. This is because the seeds must be used by the importing party or traded to other authorized parties who will plant them.
When deciding which seed to purchase, it’s important for cannabis seed options to be available from all over the world, but also within the THC limits in Ecuador. It’s been difficult for research to provide an accurate correlation between latitude and longitude in Ecuador, as well as its THC limit at harvest time. If farmers bring in seed and the crop exceeds the threshold of 1.0% at harvest, the Ministry of Agriculture has the authority to inspect and sanction the crops. If they find that there is a serious hazard to society, they will be destroyed.
When it comes to importing seeds, it’s important that you purchase from a reputable producer with legal permits. These companies have been thriving in the industry for many years and because of this, quality is always guaranteed. Seeds produced in the United States and Canada are closely monitored, so it’s best to stick to products tested to grow successfully in any climate and region.
Colorado-based Colorado Breeders Depot offers CBD hemp seeds that are perfect for growing in Ecuador. With THC levels typically at or below 0.3% (less than the required 0.3% limit), these hemp seeds help growers produce high-quality CBD that is free of any psychoactive substance.
Colorado Breeders Depot’s CBD hemp seeds are the perfect way to grow plants in Ecuador. For example, strain Hot Blonde can be grown in “tropical” climates and is resistant to mold. These seeds are not genetically modified and are legal to import into Ecuador.