DE - Company seeks permits for hemp extraction facility in Delaware Coastal Zone
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — State environmental officials are holding a public hearing on a proposed hemp processing facility within Delaware's protected coastal zone.
Wednesday's hearing involves a request by New Castle-based AgroRefiner LLC to operate a hemp extraction facility in an existing warehouse in New Castle. Before beginning production, the company must obtain a permit under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act. The act is designed to protect the natural environment of Delaware's coastal areas from heavy industrialization.
The operation would have a maximum extraction capacity to process approximately 78,000 pounds of dried hemp each year and produce about 7,000 pounds of pure CBD for wholesale distribution.
CBD is a cannabis molecule that has become increasingly popular as an ingredient in the natural products industry. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn't give users the "high" associated with marijuana.
Meanwhile, the federal government recently approved Delaware's plans for commercial production of hemp as an agricultural crop.