(1) The department shall adopt rules pursuant to this chapter and chapter 34.05
RCW as necessary to license persons to grow hemp under an industrial hemp research program. The rules must include, but are not limited to:
(a) Fee amounts for license application, issuance, and renewal;
(b) Testing criteria and protocols for testing compliance with THC levels; and
(c) Grower qualifications. Grower qualifications include, at a minimum, that a person with a prior felony drug conviction within ten years of applying for a license not be eligible for the license. The department shall adopt by rule the persons in associations, corporations, and other business entities to be qualified under this felony drug conviction limitation.
(2) The department may adopt rules for administration of an industrial hemp research program, including the goals of the program.
(3) The department may adopt rules for administration of an industrial hemp seed certification program pursuant to chapter 15.49
(4) All requirements in this section are subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for the specific purposes described.