Well, to get your DEA approval and ultimately your tax stamp there are a few security requirements you’ll need to meet. Before I tell you what some of those are allow me to set up the question “Why?” before I tell you “What.”
I’ve never seen a live hemp plant. Oh, I’ve seen photos, and in that old USDA film Hemp for Victory you can see fields and fields in various stages. I have seen a few psychoactive cannabis plants in the flesh though. I don’t think I would ever confuse one with the other.
Hemp is planted close together and grows tall and thin with very little branching. Branching is not encouraged. Psychoactive cannabis is encouraged to branch and the plants are spaced to allow for the room. Hemp is like corn stalks and cannabis is like little Christmas trees. Sorta. Kind’a. The only real resemblance between the two being the fingered, serrated leaves.
No one in their right mind would attempt to hide cannabis in a hemp field. The resulting cross-pollination would prove disastrous for both.
Though industrial hemp does contain a smidgen of THC it’s no where near enough to provide a psychoactive effect. You couldn’t smoke or eat enough of it to catch a buzz.
With all of that said, here are a few of the security requirements the DEA is asking for.
The entire crop has to be fenced. Razor wire at the top would be a nice touch. A 24 hour monitoring system must be installed. Access has to be controled. 24 hour armed guards are a possible requirement. And, of course, there’s the FBI background check and a ton of paperwork.