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List of Approved Cultivars for the 2017 Growing Season - Cannabis sativa L.

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Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Industrial Hemp Regulations

Pursuant to Subsection 39(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations, the following industrial hemp varieties are approved for commercial cultivation under licence for the year 2017. The list may contain variety names that are synonyms for the same variety.

List of Approved Cultivars for the 2017 Growing Season
Variety Country where maintained Exempt from THC testing
under subsection 16(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations
Alyssa Canada Exempt in MB and QC only
Anka Canada Exempt in ON and QC only
Canda Canada Yes
CanMa Canada Exempt in QC and SK only
Carmagnola Italy No
Carmen Canada No
CFX-1 Canada Yes
CFX-2 Canada Yes
Crag Canada Yes
CRS-1 Canada Yes
CS Italy No
Delores Canada Exempt in AB and MB only
Deni Canada No
ESTA-1 Canada No
Fasamo Germany No
Fedrina 74 France No
Felina 34 France No
Ferimon France Exempt in QC only
Fibranova Italy No
Fibriko Hungary No
Fibrimon 24 France No
Fibrimon 56 France No
FINOLA Canada (Finland) No
Georgina Canada No
GranMa Canada No
Grandi Canada No
Joey Canada Yes
Judy Canada No
Jutta Canada Exempt in ON only
Katani Canada No
Kompolti Hungary No
Kompolti Hibrid TC Hungary No
Kompolti Sargaszaru Hungary No
Lovrin 110 Romania No
Petera Canada No
Picolo Canada No
Silesia Canada Exempt in AB and MB only
UC-RGM Canada No
Uniko B Hungary No
USO 14 Canada (Ukraine) Yes
USO 31 Canada (Ukraine) Yes
Victoria Canada No
X-59 (Hemp Nut) Canada Yes
Yvonne Canada No
Zolotonosha 11 Canada (Ukraine) Exempt in MB only
Zolotonosha 15 Canada (Ukraine) No

All cultivars may be grown in all regions, however requirements for THC testing under Subsection 16(1) of the IHR may vary from province to province, as indicated in the table above.

Amendments to the List of Approved Cultivars for 2017:

  • Amendments: Canda and Joey are exempt in Canada; Silesia is exempt in Alberta and Manitoba.
  • Additions: Judy was added to the list this year.
  • Deletions: No varieties were removed from the list this year.
  • Observation: No varieties are under observation.

Please Note:

Subsection 14(3) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) requires that all seed planted for the production of industrial hemp in Canada must be of pedigreed status (Certified or better). This means that seed cannot be imported directly from countries that are not recognized by one of the Seed Certification Schemes of which Canada is a member. Canada is a member of two schemes, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Seed Scheme and that administered by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). Farmer-saved seed cannot be planted, unless it is Certified seed. Official seed tags will be requested by an inspector as evidence of compliance.

In accordance with the Section 56 Class Exemption in Relation to the Industrial Hemp Regulations, issued on November 21, 2016, THC testing is required from cultivators of industrial hemp for pedigreed seed, unless the cultivar is exempted from the List of Approved Cultivars, or for inclusion of an industrial hemp variety on the list. Sampling by a designated inspector does not exempt a licence holder from this testing. The sample taken by the authorized Crop Sampler must be tested by a competent laboratory, licensed for testing industrial hemp. A list of licensed laboratories is available on our website. Test results must be reported to the Office of Controlled Substances, at the address below. Varieties which are found to consistently exceed 0.3% THC may be removed from the List of Approved Cultivars.

Nine varieties, Canda, CFX-1, CFX-2, Crag, CRS-1, Joey, USO 14, USO 31 and X-59 (Hemp Nut) are exempted from annual testing as required under paragraph 16(1) of the IHR for all regions of Canada.  The varieties Alyssa, Anka, CanMa, Delores, Ferimon, Jutta, Silesia and Zolotonosha 11 are only exempt in the provinces indicated in the table above.  All varieties have been evaluated against the Policy on the Exemption of Industrial Hemp Varieties from THC Testing During the Growing Season.  A copy of this policy can be found on our website at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/hemp.

The Office of Controlled Substances must be informed immediately in writing in the event of crop failure where samples cannot be drawn for testing.

Questions regarding the List of Approved Cultivars - 2017 may be submitted to:

Industrial Hemp Section
Office of Controlled Substances
Health Canada
AL 0300B
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9
Email: hemp@hc-sc.gc.ca

Julie Thompson
Director
Office of Controlled Substances

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