Startup gets hemp license on Jersey

Jersey Island, UK

Hemp farming on Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France, could boost the fortunes of local farmers, said Health Minister Andrew Green after granting a hemp license to Industrial Hemp Partnership (IHP) – a new startup based on the island.

The license granted to IHP is on a trial basis. IHP says it will study production and processing for hemp oils and fiber. Under the terms of IHP’s license, four varieties of hemp will be grown on a trial basis for a year.

While hemp is technically banned under Jersey drug laws, permits can be handed out by the Health Ministry. Officials see it as a complement to the island’s dairy and potato industries.