The Costa Rican Executive has signed the first of the regulations of Law No. 10113 on the consumption of hemp or non-psychoactive cannabis, for food and industrial use. This regulation was signed by President Rodrigo Chaves Robles and by the heads of the portfolios of agriculture and livestock (MAG), Laura Bonilla, and health, Yoselyn Chacón.

A press release from MAG indicates that the regulation applies to natural or legal persons interested in the import, planting, cultivation, harvesting, post-harvest, storage, transport, processing, as well as the manufacture, marketing, import and export of derivatives and health products interest of non-psychoactive cannabis or hemp and hemp for food and industrial use.

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The regulation establishes that the authorization of cultivation, production and related activities of hemp is processed before the Directorate of Agricultural Extension of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and these will have no cost; They will be granted for a period of 6 years and may be renewed for equal periods, at the request of the authorized person and after demonstrating that they meet all the requirements and obligations established by the regulations.

Among the activities authorized by the MAG are the acquisition of seeds, plants, cuttings or any material for the propagation of hemp. Also, the planting, development, harvesting, import, transport and marketing of hemp plants as raw material for transformation processes, among others.

The regulations will enter into force as soon as they are published in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Those interested in submitting authorization requests can do so in person or digitally, via the email provided for this purpose: [email protected] In addition, efforts are being made so that in the short term, a single procedure is activated, so that all procedures related to other entities are carried out in one place.

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