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Not having a ginseng dealer permit violates environmental law


Many people across the country are more health-conscious than they used to be. They look for herbal and natural remedies for a variety of ailments or health concerns, and ginseng is one of them. Selling it could be a profitable business, but in order to do so in this state, a permit is required. Failing to adhere to this Tennessee environmental law requirement could mean trouble and cut into any profits that could be made.

Permits are valid from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. In order to obtain one, an application must be submitted no later than Aug. 15 of each year in which a seller intends to purchase ginseng from a Tennessee grower to resell it. A permit may be obtained after Sept. 1 but may be too late for the current year’s harvest, which takes place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 of each year. The dealer season lasts longer than the harvest season, which runs from


Sept. 1 through March 31.

The state outlines the types of plants that dealers can harvest. In addition, they must receive permission from the person who owns the land, if that person is not a dealer, in order to harvest ginseng. Of course, the Division of Natural areas requires meticulous records regarding the harvest, the sale, and other information, including an annual report.

Failing to comply with the environmental law regarding the harvesting, buying and selling of ginseng could turn into an expensive mistake. At the very least, a ginseng dealer’s permit could be suspended or revoked. Moreover, such a permit could be denied altogether if the process is not properly completed. It would be a good idea to consult with an attorney beforehand in order to make sure that does not happen.

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