Hemp Laws & Updates

This section of our webpage will be updated on an ongoing basis, and should be used as a reference guide. Laws can change before we have a chance to update this page, and it would behoove you to keep up to date with your own state laws & regulations. If there are any questions please contact us, and we will make corrections as they are needed.

Hemp Laws By State

Alabama Hemp Law and Legislation

Current Alabama Hemp Law

Section 2-8-380 Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act. (Act 2016-293, §1.)…

Section 2-8-381 Definitions. As used in this article the following words shall have the following
meanings: (1) DEPARTMENT. The Department of Agriculture and Industries. (2) GROWER. Any person,
business entity, or cooperative licensed to grow industrial hemp by the department
or an institution of higher education pursuant to this article. (3) HEMP PRODUCTS.
Any and all products made from industrial hemp, including, but not limited to, cloth,
cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, seed, seed meal and seed
oil for consumption, and seed for cultivation if the seeds originate from industrial hemp
varieties. (4) INDUSTRIAL HEMP. All parts and varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa,
cultivated or possessed by a licensed grower, whether growing or not, that contain a delta-9
tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Industrial
hemp shall be considered an agricultural crop or an agricultural commodity, or both,
in all…

Section 2-8-382 Purposes; programs; legislative findings. (a) The purpose of this article is
to assist Alabama in the development of a more permanent, profitable, and diversified agriculture
by moving to the forefront of industrial hemp production, development, and commercialization
of hemp products in agribusiness, and other business sectors, both nationally and globally
and to the greatest extent possible. These purposes may be accomplished, in part, through
all of the following: (1) An industrial hemp research program overseen by the department,
working exclusively or in conjunction with other research partners. This research program
may include the planting, cultivation, and analysis of industrial hemp demonstration
plots by selected growers that are licensed by the department pursuant to this article. (2)
An institution of higher education’s program to conduct industrial hemp research. (3)
The pursuit by the department or an institution of higher education of any federal permits…

Section 2-8-383 Rulemaking authority; disposition of funds; powers and duties of department.
(a) The department may adopt rules in accordance with the Alabama Administrative Procedure
Act, as necessary to administer an industrial hemp research program and to license
growers to grow industrial hemp pursuant to this article, including rules establishing
reasonable fees for licenses, permits, or other necessary expenses to defray the cost of implementing
and operating the industrial hemp research program in this state on an ongoing basis.
All revenue collected pursuant to rules promulgated for the industrial hemp research
under this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Agricultural
Fund. (b) The department or an institution of higher education may pursue any permits or waivers
from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration or appropriate federal agency that
are necessary for the advancement of the industrial hemp research program. (c) The…

Section 20-2-2 manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. Such
term does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil
or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative,
mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber,
oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination. Marijuana
does not include industrial hemp as defined in Article 11 of Chapter 8 of Title 2.
(15) NARCOTIC DRUG. Any of the following, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction
from substances of vegetable origin or independently by means of chemical synthesis or by
a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis: a. Opium and opiate and any salt, compound,
derivative, or preparation of opium or opiate. b. Any salt, compound, isomer, derivative,
or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any…

Alabama Hemp Legislation History

2019
SB 225
Requires state to seek federal approval of state program regulating hemp production, deschedule THC derived from hemp as a controlled substance, Secs. 2-8-381, 2-8-383, 20-2-2, 20-2-23 am’d.

2016
SB 347

Industrial hemp, manufactured by Agriculture and Industries Department or university, Agriculture Dept. to authorize, exemption from definition of marijuana for purposes on controlled substances list.

HB 393

Industrial hemp, manufactured by Agriculture and Industries Department or university, Agriculture Dept. to authorize, exemption from definition of marijuana for purposes on controlled substances list.

2014
HB 487

Controlled substances, Schedule I, marijuana, term excludes industrial hemp,

2013
HB 550

The Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013. Defines industrial hemp and sets a date, July 1, 2014, by which the Legislature shall enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. (Bill has many drug policy components as well)

Alaska Hemp Law & Legislation

2018
SB 6

An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of ‘marijuana’; providing that cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of ‘hashish oil’; clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product; and providing for an effective date.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Walker on April 13, 2018

2017
HB 172

An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of ‘marijuana’; and clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product.

2015
SB 8

An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp.

Arizona Hemp Law & Legislation

2019
HB 2273
Requires the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) to adopt the initial rules for the regulation of industrial hemp by May 31, 2019.

2018
SB 1098

Industrial hemp farming regulated by state department of agriculture. Vote Hemp worked with volunteer and hemp entrepreneur Michael Stoltz, Sen. Borelli and Sen. Otondo to secure passage of SB 1098.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Ducey on May 14, 2018

2017
SB 1337

Industrial hemp farming regulated by state department of agriculture.

STATUS: Vetoed by Gov. Ducey due to funding concerns

2015
SB 1225

Industrial Hemp Study Committee; On or before September 1, 2016, the industrial hemp study committee shall submit a report regarding its findings and recommendations to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate and provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.

2014
HB 2558

Defines industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/21/2014. Download the text of HB 2558 here (PDF file 41k).

SB 1122
Defines industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/21/2014.
Download the text of SB 1122 here (PDF file 49k).

2002
SB 1431
Passed in House Education Committee, but no action taken.
Download the text of SB 1431 here (PDF file 2k).

2001
SB 1519
Passed on 4/19/01, but vetoed by Gov. Hull on 4/25/01.
Download the text of SB 1519 here (PDF file 2k).

Arkansas Hemp Law & Legislation

2017
HB 1778

To create the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act; and to create a research program to assess the agricultural and economic potential of indsutrial hemp production in Arkansas.

Status: Passed and became law without the Governor’s signature on 4/7/17

1999
SR 13

Hemp study bill. Passed into law.
Download the text of SR 13 here (PDF file 5k).

California Hemp Law

California Industrial Hemp Law (PDF)

California Hemp Legislation

2019 SB 153 This bill would revise the provisions regulating the cultivation and testing of industrial hemp to conform with the requirements for a state plan under the federal Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended by the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, by, among other things, revising the definition of industrial hemp, expanding the registration requirements to apply to growers of industrial hemp for noncommercial as well as commercial purposes, imposing new requirements on the department and county agricultural commissioners for the handling and transmittal of registration information, imposing new testing requirements, providing new enforcement procedures, to be operative as of the effective date of an approved state plan, as defined, and imposing new conditions on eligibility to participate in the industrial hemp program, as defined. By expanding registration requirements, including payment of registration fees, to growers of industrial hemp for noncommercial purposes, the bill would establish a new source of revenue for a continuously appropriated fund, thus making an appropriation. The bill would require the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the Governor and the Attorney General, to develop and submit a state plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, as provided, on or before January 31, 2020. By imposing new registration requirements on growers of industrial hemp for noncommercial purposes, the violation of which would be a misdemeanor, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. By increasing the duties of county agricultural commissioners, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Status: Signed into law by Gov. Newsom on Oct. 12, 2019 AB 228 This bill would state that a food, beverage, or cosmetic is not adulterated by the inclusion of industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp, and would prohibit restrictions on the sale of food, beverages, or cosmetics that include industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp based solely on the inclusion of industrial hemp or cannabinoids, extracts, or derivatives from industrial hemp. The bill would specify that a food, beverage, cosmetic, or other product that contains industrial hemp-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in concentrations above 0.3% by product weight is subject to the provisions of MAUCRSA. Position: Support 2018 SB 1409 (1) Existing law governs the growth of industrial hemp and imposes specified procedures and requirements on a person who grows industrial hemp, not including an established agricultural research institution. Existing law defines “industrial hemp” to be the same as that term is defined in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which defines that term as a fiber or oilseed crop, or both, that is limited to the nonpsychoactive types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and the seed produced from that plant, and that meets other specified criteria. Existing law requires that industrial hemp only be grown if it is on the list of approved hemp seed cultivars, which includes industrial hemp seed cultivars certified on or before January 1, 2013, by specific organizations, except as specified. Existing law requires industrial hemp to be grown only as a densely planted fiber or oilseed crop, or both, in minimum acreages, as provided, except as specified. Existing law prohibits the ornamental and clandestine cultivation of industrial hemp plants, and, except under specified circumstances, pruning and tending of individual industrial hemp plants and culling of industrial hemp. Existing law requires a grower of industrial hemp, as specified, and a seed breeder, as defined, to register with the county agricultural commissioner and to pay a registration or renewal fee, as specified. Existing law requires that the fees be deposited into the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund and continuously appropriated for use in the administration and enforcement of these provisions. Existing law requires that an application for registration include information about the approved seed cultivar to be grown and whether the seed cultivar will be grown for its grain or fiber, or as a dual purpose crop, or, in the case of a seed breeder, for seed production. This bill would delete the requirement that industrial hemp seed cultivars be certified on or before January 1, 2013, in order to be included on the list of approved hemp seed cultivars. The bill would also delete the prohibitions on ornamental cultivation of industrial hemp plants, pruning and tending of individual industrial hemp plants, and culling of industrial hemp. By establishing removing limitations on the types of industrial hemp seed cultivars that may be cultivated, and the purposes for which they may be cultivated, with payment of a registration or renewal fee, this bill would establish new sources of revenue for a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make thereby making an appropriation. The bill would authorize a county agricultural commissioner or a county, as appropriate, to retain the amount of a registration or renewal fee necessary to reimburse direct costs incurred by the commissioner in the collection of the fee. The bill would also authorize the board of supervisors of a county to establish a registration or renewal fee to cover other costs of the county agricultural commissioner and the county of implementing, administering, and enforcing these provisions, as provided. Under the bill, “industrial hemp” would no longer be defined in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act as a fiber or oilseed crop. The bill would delete the requirement that industrial hemp be grown as a fiber or oilseed crop, or both. The bill would also delete the requirement that an application for registration include information about whether a seed cultivar is being grown for its grain or fiber, or as a dual purpose crop. The bill would authorize a city or county, by local ordinance, to prohibit growers or seed breeders from conducting, or otherwise limit growers’ or seed breeders’ conduct of, industrial hemp cultivation, regardless of whether growers or seed breeders meet, or are exempt from, the registration requirements in the above-described provisions or any other law. The bill would authorize a city or county, by local ordinance and upon making a specified finding, to prohibit growers from conducting, or otherwise limit growers’ conduct of, industrial hemp cultivation, regardless of whether growers meet, or are exempt from, the registration requirements in the above-described provisions or any other law. (2) Existing federal law, the Agricultural Act of 2014, authorizes an institution of higher education, as defined, or a state department of agriculture, as defined, to grow or cultivate industrial hemp under an agricultural pilot program, as defined, under certain conditions, including the condition that a state department of agriculture is authorized to promulgate regulations to carry out the pilot program in accordance with specified purposes. The bill would also authorize the department, as part of the industrial hemp registration program, to establish and carry out, by regulation, an agricultural pilot program pursuant to the federal Agricultural Act of 2014 in accordance with those specified purposes. Status: Signed into law by Gov. Brown’s on Sept. 30, 2018 2014 SB 1304 Amends S.64, S.81006 is maintenance of the codes legislation that does not make substantive changes to existing law. It includes previously passed hemp legislation.

Status: Approved by Gov. Brown on June 28, 2014

2013 SB 566 An act to add Division 24 (commencing with Section 81000) to, and to repeal Section 81003 of, the Food and Agricultural Code, and to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13. Download the text of SB 566 as chaptered here (PDF file 294k). Status: Signed by Governor Brown on 9/27/13. AB 1137 An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13. Download the text of AB 1137 as Introduced here (PDF file 205k). 2011 SB 676 An Act relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/18/11. Passed the Senate on a vote of 26 to 13 on 9/8/2011. Passed the Assembly on a vote of 49 to 22 on 9/7/2011. Download the text of SB 676 as Introduced here (PDF file 164k). Download the text of SB 676 as amended and Passed in the Senate here (PDF file 164k). Status: Vetoed by Governor Brown on 10/09/2011. Read the text of the Governor’s SB 676 Veto Message (PDF). 2008 AB 684 An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Download the text of AB 684 as Introduced here (PDF file 156k). Download the text of AB 684 as Enrolled here (PDF file 100k) Status: Vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on 10/11/2008. Download the text of the Governor’s Veto Message here (PDF file 12k). 2007 AB 684 An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/21/07. Passed out of the General Assembly on 5/10/07 by a vote of 41 to 29. Passed the Senate Agriculture Committee by a vote of 3-1 on 7/3/2007. Passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 3-2on 7/10/2007. Re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 9-1 on 8/21/2007. Passed the Senate by a vote of 26-13 on 9/11/2007. In the Assembly the concurrence vote was 46-29 on 9/12/2007. Download the text of AB 684 as Introduced here (PDF file 156k). Download the text of AB 684 as Enrolled here (PDF file 100k). Status: Vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on 10/11/07. Download the text of the Governor’s Veto Message here (PDF file 12k). 2006 AB 1147 Amends sections of the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp, and defines the plant as distinct from marijuana. Held over from 2005 (see below). Heard on 1/10/06 before the Assembly Public Safety Committee (passed 4 to 2) and on 1/18/06 before the Assembly Appropriations Committee (passed 13 to 3). Passed out of the General Assembly on 1/26/06 by a vote of 44 to 32. Then made it out of a couple Senate Committees and passed out of the full Senate on 8/16/06 by a vote of 26 to 13. Passed out of the Assembly again on a concurrence vote (for Senate amendments) of 44 to 29 on 8/21/06. Enrolled and sent to the Governor on 9/5/06 for his signature. Vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on 9/30/06. Download the text of AB 1147 as Introduced here (PDF file 490k). Download the text of AB 1147 as Enrolled here (PDF file 83k). Download the text of the Governor’s Veto Message here (PDF file 19k). 2005 AB 1147 Amends sections of the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp, and defines the plant as distinct from marijuana. Introduced on 2/22/05. Heard on 4/27/05 before the Agriculture Committee. Held over until 2006. 2002 AB 388 Passed on 8/15/02, but vetoed by Gov. Davis on 9/15/02. Download the text of AB 388 as Introduced here (PDF file 43k). Download the text of AB 388 as Enrolled here (PDF file 43k). Download the text of Gov. Davis veto message 2001 AB 448 Died in committee. Download the text of AB 448 as Introduced here (PDF file 43k). Download the text of AB 448 as Amended here (PDF file 43k). 1999 HR 32 Passed into law. Download the text of HR 32 here (PDF file 43k).

Colorado Hemp Law, Legislation & Regulations

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) regulates hemp farming and research in Colorado. Contact them for more information on hemp farming regulations and how to apply for a hemp cultivation license.

Colorado Hemp Legislation History

2019

SB19-220

The act updates the laws governing Colorado’s industrial hemp regulatory program to align with the 2018 Farm Bill and to put the department of agriculture in a position to prepare and submit a state plan to the secretary of the USDA.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Polis on May 29, 2019

SB19-240

Section 1 of the act sets the annual registration fee that a wholesale food manufacturer that produces an industrial hemp product is required to pay to the department of public health and environment at $300, regardless of the manufacturer’s gross annual sales. Section 1 also authorizes the department to convene a stakeholder work group to study the regulation of industrial hemp products.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Polis on May 29, 2019

Sections 2 and 3 authorize local governments to charge a local licensing fee and adopt ordinances or resolutions regulating businesses engaged in the storage, extraction, processing, or manufacturing of industrial hemp or industrial hemp products if the ordinances or resolutions do not conflict with state law.

2018

SCR18-003

Submitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning changing the industrial hemp definition from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition. Submitted as Amendment X

Status: Signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on May 11, 2018

SB18-029

The bill requires the institute of cannabis research at Colorado state university – Pueblo (institute) to develop marijuana tracking technology (technology). The technology must include an agent that is applied to a marijuana plant, marijuana product, industrial hemp, or industrial hemp product and then scanned by a device.

SB18-038

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for industrial hemp cultivation.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on 06/06/2018

HB18-1285

Concerning modifications to the “Colorado Food and Drug Act” to allow products containing industrial hemp, and, in connection therewith, establishing that products containing industrial hemp are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on 5/31/2018

2017
SB 109

The bill creates a group under the commissioner of agriculture to study the feasability of including hemp products in animal feed. The group includes a hemp producer, a hemp processor, a legal expert, a person from an institution of higher education who has studied hemp policy, a veterinarian, a livestock producer, and any other person the commissioner determines would facilitate understanding the legal, practical, or business considerations. The group will make recommendations by December 31, 2017.

Status: Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on 3/30/17

HB 1148

Current law requires persons who wish to cultivate industrial hemp to apply to the department of agriculture for a registration. The bill adds a requirement that applicants to cultivate industrial hemp for commercial purposes provide the names of each officer, director, member, partner, or owner of 10% or more in the entity applying for registration and any person managing or controlling the entity. Applicants for a registration may be denied registration for up to 3 years if any individual or entity listed in the application was previously subject to discipline, or the individual or entity was previously listed by an entity that was subject to discipline. When a registration is suspended, revoked, or relinquished, a new application for registration may be denied for up to 3 years after the effective date of discipline.

Status: Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on 3/23/17

SB 117

In Colorado, water subject to a water right may be used for the purpose for which the water is decreed. The bill confirms that a person with an absolute or conditional water right decreed for agricultural use may use the water subject to the water right for the growth or cultivation of industrial hemp if the person is registered by the department of agriculture to grow industrial hemp for commercial or research and development purposes.

Status: Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on 5/21/17


2014
SB14-184

Concerning oversight of the Industrial Hemp Program. Introduced in the Senate on 4/4/2014. Summarized bill history. Download the text of SB14-184 as Introduced here(PDF file 45k).

2013
SB13-241

Concerning the creation of a program in the Department of Agriculture to regulate industrial hemp production. Introduced in the Senate on 4/1/2013. Summarized bill history. Download the text of SB13-241 as Introduced here (PDF file 45k).

2012
HB12-1099

Concerning the establishment of an industrial hemp remediation pilot program to study phytoremediation through the growth of hemp on contaminated soil. Introduced in House on 1/18/2012. Summarized bill history. Download the text of HB12-1099 as Introduced here (PDF file 28k). Download the text of HB12-1099 as Enacted here (PDF file 33k).

Status: Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on 6/4/2012.

2010
HJR10-1027

Concerning the recognition of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity, and, in connection therewith, urging Congress to clarify the federal definition of industrial hemp, facilitate domestic production of industrial hemp, and remove barriers to state regulation of the production of industrial hemp. Introduced in House on 4/23/10. Passed in House on 5/5/10. Introduced in Senate on 5/6/10. Passed in Senate as amended on 5/12/10. Summarized bill history.
Download the text of HJR10-1027 as Introduced here (PDF file 20k).
Download the text of HJR10-1027 as Engrossed here (PDF file 24k).

1996
SB 67

Passed in the Senate, but failed in the House Agriculture Committee after the DEA lobbied against it. Sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Casey.

1995
SB 132

The Colorado Hemp Production Act. Introduced January 25th and assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee. The 1st hearing held February 9th and 2nd hearing held Feb. 16th. This was the first hemp legislation in the modern era and was sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Casey. Special thanks to the Colorado Hemp Initiative Project (CO-HIP) for pushing to get this bill introduced and all the work they did to try to pass it. Ultimateley this bill failed to pass in the committee due to negative testimony by the DEA, Denver Police Dept., Colorado Sheriffs Drug Watch International and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Connecticut Hemp Law & Legislation

2019
SB 893
To enable the growth of the state’s industrial hemp industry.

Status: Signed by Governor Lamont on May 9, 2019

SB 598
To authorize the production of hemp in Connecticut.

2017
SB 603

Not later than July 1, 2018, the Commissioner of Agriculture shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to establish an agricultural pilot program for the purpose of growing or cultivating industrial hemp in accordance with the provisions of section 7 USC 5940, as amended from time to time.

2015
HB 5780

Amends statutes to legalize industrial hemp, to define industrial hemp to parallel its definition under the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, to exclude it from the definition of controlled substance under Connecticut law and to ensure related licensing and regulatory oversight in this state conforms to said act.

Status: Signed by Gov. Malloy on July 2, 2015

2014
HB 5476

To require a study of the feasibility of legalizing industrial hemp production, possession and sales. Download the text of HB 5476 here (PDF file 66k).

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Malloy on June 12, 2014

Delaware Hemp Law   Legislation

2018
SB 266

An act to amend title 3 relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Status: signed into law by Governor Carney on August 28, 2018

2014
HB 385

An act to amend Title 3 of the Delaware Code relating to industrial hemp.

Status: signed into law by the Governor Markell on July 29, 2014

Florida Hemp Law & Legislation

Is hemp farming legal in Florida? Hemp research was legalized in Florida in 2017.

2019
HB 333
State Hemp Program; Creates state hemp program within DACS; directs DACS to submit plan to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval, maintain land registry & submit monthly reports, & adopt rules in consultation with DOH & DBPR; provides licensure requirements; requires licensees to use specified hemp seeds & cultivars; provides requirements for distribution & sale of hemp extract; provides for violations, corrective measures, & enforcement; revises colleges & universities at which department is required to authorize & oversee industrial hemp pilot projects.

Status: Passed House and Senate unanimously

2017
SB-1726

Sponsor: Sen. Montford
Summary: Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects; Authorizing specified state universities to develop industrial hemp pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities; requiring pilot projects to comply with rules adopted by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; requiring the specified state universities to develop partnerships with certain entities; requiring the pilot projects to be funded with private resources to the fullest extent possible, etc.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Scott on June 16, 2017

HB-1217

Sponsor: Rep. Massullo
Summary: Industrial Hemp Programs; Authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects; requires such universities to submit report to Governor & Legislature; directs DACS to adopt rules; provides appropriation. APPROPRIATION: $900,000.00

2016
SB-554

Hemp Production; Citing this act as the “Hemp Industry Development Act”; specifying that hemp is an agricultural crop; requiring the registration of hemp growers; providing registration requirements; allowing the department to assess registration fees; providing exemptions; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.

Status: Died in committee

HB 307

An act relating to the medical use of cannabis; Contains provision allowing colleges of agriculture to conduct Cannabis research. “Any college or university in the state that has a college of agriculture may conduct cannabis research consistent with state and federal law.”

Status: Signed by Gov. Scott on March 25th 2016

HB 271

Designates act “Hemp Industry Development Act”; specifies that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp growers; provides registration requirements; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.

2015
SB 902

Hemp Production; Citing this act as the “Hemp Industry Development Act”; providing that hemp is an agricultural crop; providing legislative intent; requiring registration of hemp producers; providing registration requirements; providing exemptions; requiring rulemaking; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.

HB 363

Hemp Production; Designates act “Hemp Industry Development Act”; provides that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp producers; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.

Florida Hemp Law & Legislation

Is hemp farming legal in Florida? Hemp research was legalized in Florida in 2017.

2019
HB 333
State Hemp Program; Creates state hemp program within DACS; directs DACS to submit plan to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval, maintain land registry & submit monthly reports, & adopt rules in consultation with DOH & DBPR; provides licensure requirements; requires licensees to use specified hemp seeds & cultivars; provides requirements for distribution & sale of hemp extract; provides for violations, corrective measures, & enforcement; revises colleges & universities at which department is required to authorize & oversee industrial hemp pilot projects.

Status: Passed House and Senate unanimously

2017
SB-1726

Sponsor: Sen. Montford
Summary: Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects; Authorizing specified state universities to develop industrial hemp pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities; requiring pilot projects to comply with rules adopted by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; requiring the specified state universities to develop partnerships with certain entities; requiring the pilot projects to be funded with private resources to the fullest extent possible, etc.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Scott on June 16, 2017

HB-1217

Sponsor: Rep. Massullo
Summary: Industrial Hemp Programs; Authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects; requires such universities to submit report to Governor & Legislature; directs DACS to adopt rules; provides appropriation. APPROPRIATION: $900,000.00

2016
SB-554

Hemp Production; Citing this act as the “Hemp Industry Development Act”; specifying that hemp is an agricultural crop; requiring the registration of hemp growers; providing registration requirements; allowing the department to assess registration fees; providing exemptions; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.

Status: Died in committee

HB 307

An act relating to the medical use of cannabis; Contains provision allowing colleges of agriculture to conduct Cannabis research. “Any college or university in the state that has a college of agriculture may conduct cannabis research consistent with state and federal law.”

Status: Signed by Gov. Scott on March 25th 2016

HB 271

Designates act “Hemp Industry Development Act”; specifies that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp growers; provides registration requirements; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.

2015
SB 902

Hemp Production; Citing this act as the “Hemp Industry Development Act”; providing that hemp is an agricultural crop; providing legislative intent; requiring registration of hemp producers; providing registration requirements; providing exemptions; requiring rulemaking; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.

HB 363

Hemp Production; Designates act “Hemp Industry Development Act”; provides that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp producers; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.

Hawaii Hemp Legislation

Currently Hemp Farming & Research is not legal in Hawaii

2018
SB 1052

Legalizes hemp. Makes the temporary industrial hemp pilot program a permanent program. Expands the scope of the industrial hemp program to include commercial purposes. Excludes hemp from state criminal prohibitions against marijuana.

2017
SB 773

Amends the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program by establishing a special fund administered by the Department of Agriculture. Restricts cultivation of industrial hemp under the pilot project to agricultural lands and requires counties to recognize it as an agricultural product, use, or activity. Amends license application and physical facility requirements.

HB 1474

Establishes the Industrial Hemp Special Fund. Provides that agricultural land utilized to grow industrial hemp shall qualify for the minimum dedication period and be assessed at the lowest percentage of fair market value. Clarifies that the cultivation of industrial hemp shall be limited to licensed owners, lessees, or occupiers of agricultural lands.

HB 96

Makes modifications to the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, including allowing an application to grow industrial hemp to be submitted at any time during the year in which the applicant plans to grow industrial hemp.

2014
SB 2175

Authorizes the growing of industrial hemp for certain purposes under specified conditions. Introduced in the Senate and first reading on 1/16/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture/Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairsand Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection/Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on 1/17/2014. Download the text of SB 2175 as Introduced here(PDF file 205k).

Status: SB 2175 was signed by the Governor on 4/30/2014.

HB 154

Authorizes the Chair of the Board of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program. Appropriates funds. Introduced in the House on 1/18/2013. Carried over to the 2014 Regular Session on 12/18/2013.
Download the text of HB 154 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

2013
SB 695

Allows private funded industrial hemp research to be conducted under certain conditions; requires monitoring by the DPS; requires reporting to the respective county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Introduced in the Senate on 1/18/2013. Download the text of SB 695 as Introduced here (PDF file 74k).

HB 154

Authorizes the Chair of the Board of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program. Appropriates funds. Introduced in the House on 1/18/2013. Download the text of HB 154 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

HR 6

Encouraging Congress and the President to re-state that the Congressional intent of the federal Controlled Substances Act is not to prohibit the production of industrial hemp. To be offered in House on 1/18/2013. Download the text of HR 6 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

HCR 3

Encouraging Congress and the President to re-state that the Congressional intent of the federal Controlled Substances Act is not to prohibit the production of industrial hemp. To be offered in House on 1/18/2013. Download the text of HCR 3 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

2012
SB 2890

Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Introduced and Passed First Reading 1/25/2012. Referred to EDT/PGM, JDL on 1/27/2012. The committee(s) on EDT/PGM has scheduled a public hearing on 02-14-12 2:50PM in conference room 224, click here to view the hearing notice. Download the text of SB 2890 as Introduced here (PDF file 72k).

HB 1820

Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Prefiled on 1/13/2012. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/18/2012. Referred to HLT/PBM, JUD, FIN, referral sheet 2, on 1/19/2012.
Download the text of HB 1820 as Introduced here (PDF file 132k).

HB 1727

Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts argonomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Prefiled on 1/12/2012. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/18/2012. Referred to HLT/PBM, JUD, FIN, referral sheet 1, on 1/18/2012. Download the text of HB 1727 as Introduced here (PDF file 144k).

2009
HB 305

Provides the authority, procedures, and licensing, related to the production of industrial hemp in the State. Pending introduction on 1/23/09. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/26/09. Referred to AgricultureJudiciary, and Finance committees on 1/26/09. Testimony for the Agriculture Committee may be emailed to them at this email address. The bill was heard by the Agriculture Committee on 2/6/09 and the committee recommends that the measure be deferred. Please click here to view the testimony presented to the House Agriculture Committee for the 2/6/09 hearing.
Download the text of HB 305 as Introduced here (PDF file 2.4MB).

2008
HB 1535

Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees. Carried over from 2007 Regular Session. Download the text of HB 1535 as Introduced here (PDF file 348k).

2007
HB 1535

Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees. Carried over to 2008 Regular Session.
Download the text of HB 1535 as Introduced here (PDF file 348k).

2002
HB 57

Download the text of HB 57 as Enrolled here (PDF file 4k).

Status: Passed into law.

2001
HB 57

Carried over to 2002 Regular Session. Download the text of HB 57 as Introduced here(PDF file 4k).

1999
HB 32

Passed into law.

HR 109

Passed into law.

HR 110

Passed into law.

Idaho Hemp Legislation

Currently Hemp Farming is not legal in Idaho

2019

HB 300
Adds to existing law to provide for the interstate transport of hemp and to provide for the Hemp Development Fund.

HB 122
Amends and adds to existing law to provide legislative intent; to provide for research, production, and regulation of hemp; and to provide an exception regarding tetrahydrocannabinols.

HR 7
Stating findings of the House of Representatives and resolving that it is the policy of this state to allow and encourage the development, research, and production of hemp in Idaho and to provide for the development and submission of a state plan.

2007
RS 16621
Resolution asking the U.S. Congress to legalize hemp farming. Killed in the House Agricultural Affairs Committee by a 6-4 vote on 1/30/07.

2001
HJM 3
Killed in the House by a 47-15 vote.
Download the text of HJM 3 here (PDF file 7k).

Illinois Hemp Law & Legislation

2018
SB 2298

Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that a person desiring to grow, cultivate, or process industrial hemp or industrial hemp products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Rauner on August 26th

SB 2772

Creates the Commercial Low THC Hemp Extract Act. Provides that a person or commercial enterprise may distribute or sell low THC hemp extract if the person or commercial enterprise can produce a certificate of analysis for the product that shows that it contains no more than 0.3% total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight. Prohibits a person or commercial enterprise from distributing low THC hemp extract without having obtained the certificate. Provides that low THC hemp extract must be clearly labeled. Contains various label and labeling requirements. Contains provisions concerning the misbranding of low THC hemp extract. Provides that nothing in the Act prevents a person who knowingly distributes, sells, or uses a hemp extract that contains more than 0.3% THC or who knowingly sells, distributes, or uses a misbranded low THC hemp extract product from being prosecuted under specified Acts. Defines terms. Amends the Cannabis Control Act to exclude low THC hemp extract from the definition of “cannabis”.

2017
SB 1294

Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of 5 years. Preempts home rule powers. Amends the Illinois Noxious Weed Law. Provides that “noxious weed” does not include industrial hemp. Amends the Cannabis Control Act. Provides that “cannabis” does not include industrial hemp.

2014
HB 5085

Amends the Agricultural Areas Conservation and Protection Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the short title.

Status: Signed by Governor on 8/26/2014.

2014
HB 2668

Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.

2013
HB 2668
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.

2012
HB 5757
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act of 2012. Contains only a short title provision.

2011
HB 1383
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.
Introduced on 2/9/2011. Referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/14/2011. Assigned to the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee 2/15/11. Do Pass / Short Debate by a vote of 11-2 on 3/1/2011. Third Reading – Short Debate – Lost by a vote of 028-083-000 on 3/31/2011.
Download the text of HB 1383 as Introduced here (PDF file 48k).

HR 271
Urges the President, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration, the United States Attorney General, and all other relevant agencies of the executive branch of the United States government to take immediate steps to remove barriers that prevent Illinois and other American farmers from growing industrial hemp.

2001
HB 3377 & SB 1397
Passed into law, but vetoed by Gov. Ryan twice despite
changes to meet his objections.
Download the text of HB 3377 Enrolled here (PDF file 21k).
Download the text of HB 3377 Governor’s Message here (PDF file 10k).
Download the roll call vote on the companion bill SB 1397 including State Senator Obama’s vote (PDF file 8k).

2000
HR 553

Urges the United States Congress to acknowledge the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp and to clearly authorize the commercial production of industrial hemp.
Passed into law.
Download the text of HR 553 here (PDF file 5k).

1999
SR 49

Creates the Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force. Directs the Task Force to investigate and report to the General Assembly on the advisability of encouraging industrial hemp production.
Passed into law.
Download the text of SR 49 here (PDF file 5k).
Download the text of SR 49 Senate Amendment 1 here (PDF file 5k).

HR 168
Creates the Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force. Directs the Task Force to investigate and report to the General Assembly on the advisability of encouraging industrial hemp production.
Passed into law.
Download the text of HR 168 here (PDF file 5k).

Indiana Hemp Legislation

2018
HB 1137

Removes the exclusion of industrial hemp commodities or products from the definition of “industrial hemp”. Specifies that the definition of “industrial hemp” includes the resins of the Cannabis sativa plant.

SB 370

Requires, within existing resources, the department of agriculture (department) to establish the industrial hemp products and development program. Requires the department to assign an employee to perform certain duties to promote the industrial hemp industry.

SB 52

Low THC hemp extract. Provides that the Indiana department of state revenue (department) shall revoke a registered retail merchant’s certificate if the department finds that the person has been convicted of dealing in marijuana based on the sale of fraudulently labeled low THC hemp extract. Repeals all provisions concerning the cannabidiol registry and a “substance containing cannabidiol” (all added by HEA 1148-2017). Defines “low THC hemp extract” as a product: (1) derived from Cannabis sativa L. that meets the definition of industrial hemp; (2) that contains not more than 0.3% delta-9-THC (including precursors); and (3) that contains no other controlled substances. Establishes testing, packaging, and labeling requirements for the distribution and retail sale of low THC hemp extract, effective July 1, 2018. Provides that a retailer commits dealing in marijuana as a Level 5 felony if: (1) the retailer sells marijuana; (2) the marijuana is packaged in a manner that appears to be low THC extract; and (3) the retailer knows or reasonably should know that the product is marijuana. Makes possession of marijuana a Class A misdemeanor if: (1) the marijuana is packaged in a manner that appears to be low THC hemp extract; and (2) the person knows or reasonably should know that the product is marijuana. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the regulation of industrial hemp, industrial hemp products, and low THC hemp extract manufacturing.

2016
HB 1228

Allows the state seed commissioner to adopt rules ti implement laws concerning industrial hemp. Encourages Indiana University School of Medicine and other state educational institutions to research the use of cannabidiol oil (CBD) from a hemp plant in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Provides that an individual who possesses or uses CBD from a hemp plant for the treatment of intractable epilepsy is not subject to criminal penalties for the possession or use of the CBD if certain conditions are met. Provides civil, criminal, and administrative immunity for a physician who recommends, dispenses, possesses, or administers CBD in the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

2015
HR 1181

Provides that the exemption of industrial hemp from the definition of “marijuana” includes the fiber, seeds, resin, and oil or any other compound extracted, derived, manufactured, or prepared from any part of an industrial hemp plant. Introduced by Representative Lehe and cosponsors on 1/12/2015. Download bill text. (82k)

2014
SB 357

Industrial hemp. Subject to federal approval, authorizes the department of agriculture to license the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. Establishes requirements to obtain a license. Authorizes inspections by the state police and audits by the department. Provides that in addition to any other liability or penalty, the department may revoke or refuse to renew a license and may impose a civil penalty. Requires the department to apply for necessary permissions, waivers, or other form of legal status by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency or other appropriate federal agency that is necessary to implement the law. Makes a conforming amendment to the definition of “marijuana.”

STATUS: signed by Governor Pence on 3/26/2014

Download the text of SB 357 as Introduced here (PDF file 672k).

SB 314

Legalize small amounts of marijuana. Authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in accordance with rules adopted by the department of agriculture. Makes possession of less than two ounces of marijuana a Class C infraction. Makes possession of more than two ounces of marijuana a Class B misdemeanor, and makes the offense a Class A misdemeanor if the person has two or more prior convictions involving marijuana in the past five years. Requires a court to suspend a sentence imposed for possession of marijuana if the person does not have a previous conviction involving marijuana in the past five years, and requires a court to defer a sentence if the person pleads guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Makes the sale or delivery of more than two ounces of marijuana a Class A misdemeanor, and makes the offense a Level 6 or Level 5 felony under certain circumstances. Provides a defense if a person who delivers less than 10 pounds of marijuana does so for no consideration. Makes the public use or display of marijuana a Class B misdemeanor, and makes the offense a Class A misdemeanor if the person has two or more prior convictions for an offense involving marijuana in the past five years. Reduces the penalty for maintaining a common nuisance to a Class A misdemeanor if the only unlawful controlled substances involved were marijuana, hashish, or hash oil. Allows certain persons convicted of dealing in marijuana as a misdemeanor to participate in a forensic diversion program. Repeals the controlled substance excise tax. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments.

Download the text of SB 314 as Introduced here (PDF file 557k).

2013
SB 580

Authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in accordance with rules adopted by the department of agriculture. (Bill has many drug policy components as well.) 1/15/2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections & Criminal Law.

Download the text of SB 580 as Introduced here (PDF file 672k).

SR 31

Urging to study the legalization of growing industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/14/2013.
Download the text of SR 31 as Introduced here (PDF file 86k).

Iowa Hemp Laws & Legislation

2019
SF 599

A bill for an act relating to hemp, including the regulation of hemp, providing for enforcement and the confiscation and destruction or disposal of certain property, providing for fees, including penalties, and providing implementation and effective date provisions. (Formerly SF 279.)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Reynolds on May 13, 2019

HB 754

A bill for an act relating to hemp, including the regulation of hemp, providing for enforcement and the confiscation and destruction or disposal of certain property, providing for fees, making appropriations, including penalties, and providing implementation and effective date provisions. (Formerly HF 733 and HSB 241.)

2017-2018
SF 2398
Originally SF 329

A bill for an act relating to industrial hemp, including the regulation of its production as part of a research program, marketing for purposes of manufacturing industrial hemp products, providing for fees, making appropriations, providing for enforcement and the confiscation and destruction of certain property, and including penalties.

Status: Passed Senate 49-0 but killed in the House by Rep. Hein & Speaker Upmeyer

2015
SSB 1260

A study bill for an act relating to the production, marketing, and distribution of industrial hemp and related plant materials, and providing for penalties. 3/4/2015 Subcommittee: Seng, Ragan, Zumbach, Anderson, Bowman, Brase, Hart, Kapucian, Kinney, Rozenboom, Shipley, Sodders, and Taylor

HF 470

A bill for an act relating to the production, marketing, and distribution of industrial hemp and related plant materials, and providing for penalties.

2013
SF 264

An Act providing for the production and marketing of industrial hemp, and providing for penalties. Introduced and referred to Agriculture committee on 2/26/2013.
Download the text of SF 264 here (PDF file 49k).

2003
SF 191

Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of SF 191 here (PDF file 18k).

2001
SF 61

Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of SF 61 here (PDF file 15k).

HF 202

Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of HF 202 here (PDF file 15k).

2000
SF 2413

Referred to the Appropriations Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of SF 2413 here (PDF file 18k).

HF 320

Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of HF 320 here (PDF file 13k).

1999
SF 340

Referred to the Appropriations Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of SF 340 here (PDF file 15k).

HF 402

Referred to the Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of HF 402 here (PDF file 15k).

Kansas Hemp Laws & Legislation

2018
SB 263

Creating a program to research the use of industrial hemp. Enacts the Alternative Crop Research Act (Act), which allows the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), either alone or in coordination with a state institution of higher education, to grow and cultivate industrial hemp and promote the research and development of industrial hemp, in accordance with federal law. The bill allows individuals to participate in the research program under the authority of the KDA. Nothing in the Act is to be construed to authorize any person to violate state or federal law.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Colyer on 4/20/18

2016
HB 2634

Alternative crop (hemp) research bill.

1998
SCR 1605

A Concurrent Resolution requesting the department of Commerce and Housing to form a task force to investigate and research the viability of nonpsychoactive industrial hemp as an alternative crop. Introduced in the Senate on 2/3/97 by Senator David Corbin and was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Kentucky Hemp Legislation

2014
SB 208

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Amend KRS 260.857 to remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Speaker’s designee, the President of the Senate or the President’s designee, the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the chair of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee from the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission.
Introduced in Senate 3/6/2014.

2013
SB 50

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “Commissioner,” “department,” “grower,” “industrial hemp,” and “tetrahydrocannabinol”; establish conditions and procedures for the licensing of industrial hemp growers by the Department of Agriculture; require the department to coordinate a criminal history check with the assistance of law enforcement agencies; establish a license duration period; require the department to set the cost of the license by administrative regulation; require the department to forward a copy of an industrial hemp grower license to law enforcement agencies; specify stipulations for growers having an industrial hemp grower license; clarify that the Act does not authorize a person to violate federal law; require periodic reports to the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission; establish circumstances under which a license may be withdrawn; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform; amend KRS 260.853 to clarify the scope of industrial hemp research; amend KRS 260.857 to allow for additional members of the Industrial Hemp Commission and designate the commissioner as the commission chair; amend KRS 260.859 to conform.

Introduced in Senate on 1/11/2013.
STATUS: SB 50 was allowed to become law on 4/5/2013 by Governor Beshear by not signing or vetoing the bill.

HB 33

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp and making an appropriation therefor. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform. 

2012
HB 286

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of 150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform; amend KRS 260.857 to make the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture the chair of the commission; amend KRS 260.859 to conform.

HB 272

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform.

SB 41

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the new sections; require the sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of five dollars per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of 150 dollars, to be divided equally between the department and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the department with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp; amend KRS 218A.010 to conform.

SR 51

A resolution to Adjourn in loving memory and honor of Louis Gatewood Galbraith. Introduced on 1/6/2012. Adopted by voice vote on 1/11/2012.

2011
SB 30

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department”, “industrial hemp”, and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp, and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law; require Kentucky to adopt any federal rules or regulations relating to industrial hemp.

2010
SB 14

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law.

2009
SB 131

AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define “department,” “industrial hemp,” and “THC”; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff’s department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law.

2001
HB 100

Passed into law and signed by Gov. Patton.

2000
HB 855

Legislative session ended with no action.

HJR 121

Died in Senate.

Louisiana Industrial Hemp Laws & Legislation

2019

HB 491

Provides for the regulation of industrial hemp

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Bel Edwards on June 6, 2019

HB 138

Amends the definition of “marijuana” to exclude industrial hemp, adds a definition of “industrial hemp”, and adds certain substances to Schedule I of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.

HB 560

Establishes a 15% excise tax on all hemp and CBD products

2016

HB 1085

Maine Hemp Legislation

2015
LD 4

This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant’s fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government.

The bill requires that any hemp seeds acquired for cultivation of hemp in the State must come from an approved Canadian producer of hemp seeds. It allows the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to issue licenses for hemp seed distribution to holders of seed labeling licenses. It also allows hemp growers licensed by the State to acquire hemp seeds directly from a producer in Canada or from a state-licensed hemp seed distributor. It requires that application fees and license fees must be established by major substantive rules. It includes an appropriations and allocations section.

Status: Vetoed by Gov. LaPage May 8, 2015, Veto overridden June 16, 2015

LD 119

This bill removes the requirement for certain federal action before a license for industrial hemp cultivation may be issued.

2013
LD 525

This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant’s fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government.
Introduced on 2/15/2013. Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 2/19/2013.
Download the text of LD 53 as Introduced here (PDF file 33k).

2009
LD 1159

An Act Relating to Industrial Hemp. This bill allows a person to grow industrial hemp if that person holds a license issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources and the hemp is grown under a federal permit in compliance with the conditions of that permit. Last House Action: Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed on 3/25/09. The Bill was Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 3/25/09. Last Senate Action: Under suspension of the Rules On motion by Senator Nutting of Androscoggin, Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and ordered printed, in concurrence on 3/25/09. Public hearing held on 4/6/09 and work session on 4/8/09. Committee vote “Anticipated Divided Report” on 4/8/09. Committee Report, Majority: Ought To Pass as Amemded, Minority: Ought Not To Pass by a vote of 10 to 1 on 5/22/09. In the House: The Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was Accepted. The Bill was Read Once. Tomorrow assigned for Second Reading on 5/26/09. Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary. The Bill was Read the Second Time and Passed To Be Engrossed as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-356), Sent for concurrence and Ordered Sent Forthwith on 5/27/09. In the Senate: Reports READ. Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin moved to Accept Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-356) Report in concurrence Roll Call Ordered. On motion by Senator COURTNEY of York Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending Motion by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin to ACCEPT Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-356) Report in concurrence. Unfinished Business on 5/28/09. Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-356) Report Accepted in concurrence. Roll Call #122, Vote 25 Yeas – 10 NaysRead Once Committee Amendment “A” (H-356). Read and Adopted in concurrence. Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day on 5/29/09. Read A Second Time And Passed To Be Engrossed As Amended By Committee Amendment “A” (H-356) in concurrence on 6/1/09. Last House Action – Passed To Be Enacted. Sent for concurrence. Ordered Sent Forthwith on 6/3/09. Last Senate Action – Under suspension of the Rules Passed To Be Enacted in concurrence on 6/3/09. Signed by Governor Baldacci on 6/9/09.
Download the text of LD 1159 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k)
Download the text of LD 1159 as Amended & Engrossed here (PDF file 16k)
Download the text of Public Law, Chapter 320 as Enacted here (PDF file 12k).

LD 893

“Resolve, To Promote the Use of Alternative Fiber.” Last House Action: Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed on 3/5/09. The Resolve was Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 3/5/09. Senate Action: Under suspension of the Rules On motion by Senator Nutting of Androscoggin, Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and ordered printed, in concurrence on 3/5/09. Public hearing held on 4/6/09 and work session on 4/8/09. Committee vote “Ought Not to Pass” on 4/8/09 (in deference to LD 1159). Committee Report “Ought Not to Pass” on 4/13/09. Senate Action: Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD) on 4/15/09.
Download the text of LD 893 as Introduced here (PDF file 8k).

2003
LD 53

Passed into law on 4/18/03.
Download the text of LD 53 as Introduced here (PDF file 5k).
Download the text of LD 53 as Amended here (PDF file 6k).

2002
LD 1174

Died between houses.
Download the text of LD 1174 here (PDF file 3k).

Maryland Hemp Laws & Legislation

Maryland Hemp Legislative History

2019
HB 1123
Altering the name of the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to be the Hemp Research Pilot Program; establishing the Hemp Farming Program to promote hemp as an agricultural commodity in the State, the commercial sale of hemp products within and outside the State and to facilitate the research of hemp and hemp products; requiring the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission, to adopt regulations to protect hemp growers and medical cannabis growers from the risk of cross-pollination; etc.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hogan on April 30, 2019

2018
HB 698

Repealing certain provisions of law that authorize under certain circumstances, a person to plant, cultivate, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in the State; repealing an authorization for the Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp; establishing an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to authorize and facilitate the research of industrial hemp and certain aspects for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Hogan on 5/8/18

2016
HB 443

Authorizing the Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp if the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for agricultural or academic research purposes; requiring a site used by the Department or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp to be certified by and registered with the Department; authorizing the Department to adopt specified regulations; etc.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Hogan on 4/12/16

2015
HB 803

Authorizing a person to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in the State; requiring a person to register with the Department of Agriculture before planting or growing industrial hemp; altering the definition of “marijuana” for purposes of specified provisions of law relating to controlled dangerous substances to exclude industrial hemp; providing for the termination of a specified registration requirement; etc.

STATUS: Passed the House 130 to 8 and the Senate 45 to 1. Signed by Gov. Hogan on 5/15/15

2014
HB 1010

Allow production and marketing of industrial hemp, exempt industrial hemp from the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and provide powers and duties for the Department of Agriculture. Introduced 1/21/2014. Passed in the House 3/28/2014.

2013
HB 1453
Defines industrial hemp and authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in accordance with rules adopted by the department of agriculture. (The bill has many drug policy components as well.)
Introduced, First Reading, and assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations committee on 02/21/2013.
Download the text of HB 1453 here (PDF 369k).

2000
HB 1250
Passed into law.
The bill established a 4 1/2 year pilot program to study the growth and marketing of industrial hemp;
Download the text of HB 1250 here (PDF 30k).

1999
HB 374
Authorizing the growth, maintenance, manufacture, and the regeneration of seed for the growth of industrial hemp; requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to require a license before engaging in the commercial use of industrial hemp; requiring the Secretary to develop criteria for issuing a license to engage in the commercial use of industrial hemp; etc. Assigned to Environmental Matters. 
Download the text of HB 374 here (PDF 32k).

Massachusetts Hemp Law, Legislation and Regulation

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture regulates hemp farming and research in the state. Contact them for more information on hemp farming regulations and how to apply for a hemp cultivation license.

2015
H 773 
By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 773) of Chris Walsh and others for legislation to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

2014

H 1632 carried over from 2013, was added to accompany H 4180 on 6/11/2014. Discharged to the House Rules Committee 6/11/2014.

2013
H.823
An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. Introduced 1/22/2013. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1/22/2013.
Download the text of H.823 as Introduced here (PDF file 106k).

2011
H.2758
An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. Introduced 1/21/2011. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1/24/2011. Hearing scheduled for 10/18/2011 from 10:00 AM-03:00 PM in 437.
Download the text of H.2758 as Introduced here (PDF file 104k).

Michigan Hemp Law & Legislation

2014
HB 5439

Agriculture; other; industrial hemp; authorize research. Introduced by Representative Kevin Daley on 3/27/2014. Referred to Committee on Agriculture on 3/27/2014. Passed House on 5/22/14. Passed unanimously in Senate Agriculture Committee on 12/3/14. Referred to the Senate as a whole on 12/9/14.

Status: Signed by Governor Snyder on 1/15/2015
Download the text of HB 5439 as Introduced here (PDF file 40k).

HB 5440

Controlled substances; marihuana; definition of “marihuana”; revise to exclude industrial hemp grown or cultivated for research. Introduced by Representative Peter Pettalia on 3/27/2014.

Status: Signed by Governor Snyder on 1/15/2015
Download the text of HB 5440 as Introduced here (PDF file 28k).

2010
HB 6480

Agriculture; products; regulations and oversight for growing and processing industrial hemp; establish. Introduced by Representative LaMar Lemmons on 9/22/2010. Referred to Committee on Agriculture on 9/22/2010.
Download the text of HB 6480 as Introduced here (PDF file 40k).

HB 6479

Agriculture; products; committee to study the uses of industrial hemp; create. Introduced by Representative LaMar Lemmons on 9/22/10. Referred to Committee on Agriculture on 9/22/10.
Download the text of HB 6479 as Introduced here (PDF file 28k).

HR 314

A resolution to memorialize Congress and the administration to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to take certain steps to remove barriers in order to encourage the commercial production of this crop. Introduced by Representative LaMar Lemmons on 7/28/10. Referred to Committee on Commerce on 7/28/10.
Download the text of HR 314 as Introduced here (PDF file 20k).

Minnesota Hemp Legislation

2015
HF 1437

Description: Omnibus agriculture policy and finance bill featuring a hemp amendment providing framework for the state’s Department of Agriculture to develop a pilot program allowing participation from the state’s higher-education academic institutions as well as public and private growers. Passed the House 5/4/2015.

SF 618
“Industrial Hemp Development Act”
Sponsor: Senator Kent Eken

Description: providing for the development and regulation of an industrial hemp industry; defining certain terms; providing for industrial hemp as an agricultural product; requiring licensing; specifying production and notification requirements; requiring rulemaking by the commissioner of commerce; providing for fees; providing an affirmative defense for possession of marijuana; exempting industrial hemp from the marijuana and wild hemp definitions.

Status: Hearing scheduled for Wed. Feb. 18th at 2 pm in the Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.

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HF 683
Sponsor: Representative Franson

Description: Industrial hemp industry development provided for and regulated, industrial hemp research authorized, rulemaking required, possession of industrial hemp defense provided, Marijuana and Wild Hemp definitions modified, and money appropriated.

2014
HF 2315

Industrial hemp research authorized in accordance with federal law. Introduced, first reading and referred to on 2/25/2014. Download the text of HF 2315 as introduced here(PDF file 78k). Amended and re-referred to House Ways & Means Committee 3/24/2014. HF 3172, 149.30, The Ag commissioner shall examine how other states are implementing industrial hemp research programs and gauge interest of Minnestora higher education institutions, and must submit report by 1/15/2015.

2013
HF 230

Industrial hemp industry development and regulation, and possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided for; rulemaking authorized; and marijuana definition modified. Download the text of HF 230 as introduced here (PDF file 115k) Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture Policy Committee on 1/31/2013.

SF 1153

Senate companion bill to HF 230. “Industrial Hemp Development Act”; providing for the development and regulation of an industrial hemp industry; defining certain terms; providing for industrial hemp as an agricultural product; requiring licensing; specifying production and notification requirements; requiring rulemaking by the commissioner of commerce; providing for fees; providing an affirmative defense for possession of marijuana; exempting industrial hemp from the marijuana and wild hemp definitions. Download the text of SF 1153 as introduced here (PDF file 115k)Introduced, first reading and referred to Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development on 3/7/2013.

HF 736

Industrial hemp industry development provided for, rulemaking authorized, defense provided for possession and cultivation of industrial hemp, and marijuana definition modified. Download the text of HF 736 as introduced here (PDF file 115k). Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture Policy Committee on 2/20/2013.

SF 1590

Senate companion bill to HF 736. “Industrial Hemp Development Act”; providing for state economy and agricultural industry promotion of industrial hemp by permitting regulated industrial hemp industry development; authorizing industrial hemp as an agricultural product; placing enforcement under commissioner of agriculture; authorizing regulated and lawful industrial hemp agriculture and commercial sales; requiring licensure for cultivation; specifying licensee requirements, compliance and notification requirements; requiring commissioner to promulgate certain rules; requiring fee credit to the industrial hemp account and establishing the account in the agricultural fund; establishing an affirmative defense for possession of marijuana; exempting industrial hemp from the marijuana and wild hemp definitions. Download the text of SF 1590 as introduced here(PDF file 115k). Introduced, first reading and referred to Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development on 4/11/2013.

2011
HF 759
Hemp industry development and regulation provided, rulemaking authorized, defense for possession and cultivation of industrial hemp provided, and definition of marijuana modified. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance on 2/28/2011.
Download the text of HF 759 as introduced here (PDF file 900k)

SF 826
“Industrial Hemp Development Act”; providing for state economy and agricultural industry promotion of industrial hemp by permitting regulated industrial hemp industry development; authorizing industrial hemp as an agricultural product; placing enforcement under commissioner of agriculture; authorizing regulated and lawful industrial hemp agriculture and commercial sales; requiring licensure for cultivation; specifying licensee requirements, compliance and notification requirements; requiring commissioner to promulgate certain rules; requiring fee credit to the industrial hemp account and establishing the account in the agricultural fund; establishing an affirmative defense for possession of marijuana; exempting industrial hemp from the marijuana and wild hemp definitions. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture and Rural Economies on 3/16/2011.
Download the text of SF 826 as introduced here (PDF file 180k)

2010
HF 2678
Agriculture and veteran affairs provisions and programs changed, development and use of industrialized hemp authorized and regulated, terms and procedures clarified, record keeping provisions changed, planning for additional veteran cemeteries required, and money appropriated. Introduced, first reading and referred to Finance Committee on 2/4/10. Senate companion bill is SF 2737. Senate bill passed and substituted for HF 2678 on 4/26/10.
Download the text of HF 2678, as introduced, here (PDF file 48k)
Download the text of HF 2678, 1st Engrossment, here (PDF file 5.7MB)
Download the text of HF 2678, 2nd Engrossment, here (PDF file 5.7MB)
Download the text of HF 2678, 1st Committee Engrossment, here (PDF file 5.2MB)

SF 2737
Omnibus agriculture and veterans policy bill. (Includes authorization for an Industrial Hemp Report.) Introduced, first reading and referred to Finance Committee on 2/22/10. As this was an omnibus bill, extensive amendments were made. Passed by the House, passed by the Senate (click here for details). Signed by the Governor on 5/13/10. Secretary of State, Chapter 333 on 5/13/10.
Download the text of SF 2737, as introduced, here (PDF file 64k)
Download the text of SF 2737, 1st Engrossment, here (PDF file 388k)
Download the text of SF 2737, 2nd Engrossment, here (PDF file 740k)
Download the text of SF 2737, Conference Committee Report, here (PDF file 644k)
Download the text of SF 2737 as Session Law: Chapter 333, here (PDF file 648k)

Industrial hemp text in Session Law 2010, Chapter 333, pp 23:
Sec. 37. INDUSTRIAL HEMP REPORT.
The commissioner of agriculture shall identify and analyze industrial hemp laws and procedures in Canada or one or more of the other 30 nations where industrial hemp is grown as an agricultural crop. In particular, the commissioner shall report on how law enforcement and other authorities differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana growing in the field. No later than February 15, 2011, the commissioner shall present a report on this topic to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agriculture policy and finance and provide a copy to the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, and the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.
Download the text of the 2010 Industrial Hemp Report here (PDF file 708k)

2009
HF 0608
Industrial hemp industry development and regulation provided, possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided, and marijuana definition modified. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee on 2/9/09. Committee report, to pass as amended and re-refer to Public Safety Policy and Oversight on 3/26/09. Senate companion bill is SF 1365.
Download the text of HF 0608, as introduced, here (PDF file 904k)
Download the text of HF 0608, 1st Engrossment, here (PDF file 936k)
Download the text of SF 1365, as introduced, here (PDF file 172k)

2008
HF 2168
Introduced on 3/19/07. First reading and referred to Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs committee. Carried over from 2007. Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs committee report, to pass as amended and re-refer to Public Safety and Civil Justice committee on 2/25/08. Public Safety and Civil Justice committee report, to pass as amended and re-refer to Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee on 3/6/08. The companion bill in the Senate is SF 3537. In committee on adjournment on 5/18/08; thus died in committee.
Download the text of SF 3395 as introduced here (PDF file 908k)
Download the text of SF 3395, 1st Engrossment here (PDF file 932k).

HF 3902
Introduced on 3/10/08. An agriculture committee omnibus bill that includes a section on Industrial Hemp Development And Regulation. HF indefinitely postponed. See Senate file in House. The companion bill in the Senate is SF 3683. Introduced on 3/10/08. Hemp language from HF 3902 added to SF 3683 in conference committee, please see 1st Unofficial Engrossment below, then removed at the insistence of the State Patrol and the Governor’s Washington, DC lobbyist. SF 3683 was signed by Governor Pawlenty on 3/12/08, but without any hemp language.
Download the text of HF 3902, 1st Engrossment here (PDF file 6.2MB).
Download the text of SF 3683, 1st Unofficial Engrossment (PDF file 1.1MB).

2007
HF 2168
Introduced on 3/19/07. First reading and referred to Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs committee. Carried over to 2008.
Download the text of SF 3395 here (PDF file 908k).

2002
SF 3395
Died in committee.
Download the text of SF 3395 here (PDF file 20k).

HF 3569
Died in committee.
Download the text of HF 3569 here (PDF file 23k).

1999
SF 122
Passed in the Senate.
Download the text of SF 122 here (PDF file 20k).

HF 64
Died in House committee.
Download the text of HF 64 here (PDF file 23k).

HF 1238
Died in House committee.
Download the text of HF 1238 here (PDF file 24k).

Mississippi Industrial Hemp Legislation

Hemp Farming & Research is not legal in Mississippi
 
 

2019
HB 625

An act to authorize the growing and handling of industrial hemp; to require the licensing of hemp growers by the Department of Agriculture and Commerce; to require record keeping, seed retention and inspections; to provide for fees for licensing; to provide for the revocation of licenses and imposition of civil penalties for violations of this act; and to amend sections 41-29-113 and 69-1-13, Mississippi Code of 1972.

2015
HB 562

An act to authorize the growing and handling of industrial hemp; to define certain terms; to require the licensing of hemp growers by the department of agriculture and commerce.

Status: Died in Judiciary B Committee.

2014
HB 1201

Industrial hemp; legalize and regulate for certain purposes. Introduced on 1/20/2014 and referred to Agriculture and Judiciary committees. Download the text of HB 1201 here(PDF file 143k).

Missouri Hemp Law & Legislation

2018
HB 2034

This bill exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as Cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 0.3% THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, it is legal for any person who has received an industrial hemp license to grow, harvest, cultivate, and process industrial hemp.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Greitens on June 1, 2018

2016
HB 1973

Allows those licensed by the Department of Agriculture to grow and handle industrial hemp.

HB 2038

Allows those licensed by the Department of Agriculture to grow, harvest, and cultivate industrial hemp.

SB 584

Allows those licensed by the Department of Agriculture to grow and handle industrial hemp.

2015
SB 255

This act exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 3/10 of one percent THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances.

HB 701

Exempts industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and specifies that it is legal for anyone who has not been convicted of a drug-related crime to cultivate hemp.

HB 830

Allows those licensed by the Department of Agriculture to grow and handle industrial hemp and creates the crime of unlicensed industrial hemp production

2014
HB 2054

Exempts industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and specifies that it is legal for anyone who has not been convicted of a drug-related crime to cultivate such hemp. Introduced and read first time on 2/27/2014. Read second time on 3/3/2014.
Download the text of HB 2054 here (PDF file 197k).

HB 2238

Defines industrial hemp, allows the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, and allows for the use of “hemp extract” to treat certain individuals with epilepsy. Introduced on 3/31/2014.
Download the text of HB 2238 as passed here (PDF file 82k).
Signed by Governor 7/14/2014.

2013
SB 358

This act exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than one percent THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, this act specifies that it is legal for any person who has not been convicted of any drug-related offense to grow and cultivate industrial hemp. Under this act, the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove that a substance is industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Introduced and Read First Time on 2/20/2013.
Download the text of SB 358 here (PDF file 856k).

2011
HB 620

This bill defines “industrial hemp” as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 1% tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and exempts it from the varieties of cannabis that are classified as controlled substances. Any person who has not been convicted of a felony offense or a misdemeanor drug-related offense may legally grow and cultivate industrial hemp. When a person is charged with possession of a controlled substance and he or she claims the substance was industrial hemp, the burden of proof will be on the person to prove that the substance was industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Introduced and Read First Time on 2/22/2011. Read Second Time on 2/23/2011. Referred to General Laws committee on 4/12/2011.
Download the text of HB 620 here (PDF file 98k).

2009
HB 1130

This bill defines “industrial hemp” as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 1% tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and exempts it from the varieties of cannabis that are classified as controlled substances. Any person who has not been convicted of any felony offense or misdemeanor drug-related offense may legally grow and cultivate industrial hemp. When a person is charged with possession of a controlled substance and he or she claims the substance was industrial hemp, the burden of proof will be on the defendant to prove that the substance was industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Introduced and Read First Time on 3/31/09. Read Second Time on 4/1/09.
Download the text of HB 1130 here (PDF file 6k).

1998
SCR 42
Died in committee.

1997
SB 79
Passed in the Senate, but voted down on the House floor 
after the DEA lobbied against it.
Download the text of Introduced SB 79 here (PDF file 4k).
Download the text of Senate Committee Substitute SB 79 here (PDF file 5k).
Download the text of Perfected SB 79 here (PDF file 6k).
Download the text of House Committee Substitute SB 79 here (PDF file 6k).

HB 283
Died in committee.
Download the text of Introduced HB 283 here (PDF file 5k).
Download the text of Committee Substitute HB 283 here (PDF file 5k).

1996
SCR 26
Died in committee.

SB 972
Died in committee.

Montana Hemp Law

TITLE 80. AGRICULTURE: CHAPTER 18. ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURAL CROPS: Part 1. Industrial Hemp

Montana Hemp Legislation

2009
SJ 20
Resolution urging Congress to legalize industrial hemp. Introduced, first reading and referred to Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee on 2/7/09. Committee hearing held on 2/17/09. Third Reading and Passed the Senate by a vote of 48 to 1 on 2/23/09. Transmitted to the House on 2/23/09. Referred to House Agriculture Committee on 2/24/09. Committee hearing held on 3/17/2009. Third Reading and Passed the House by a vote of 89 to 11 on 4/02/09. Signed by Senate President on 4/3/09. Signed by House Speaker on 4/6/09. Filed with the Secretary of State on 4/6/09.
Download the text of SJ 20 here (PDF file 16k).

Status: Passed into law 4/6/09

2001
SB 261
AN ACT authorizing the production of industrial hemp as an agricultural crop; requiring that a license be obtained prior to growing Industrial Hemp;
Download the text of SB 261 here (PDF file 81k).

Status: Passed into law and signed by Gov. Martz on 4/23/01

1999
HR 2
Resolution passed by both houses of the legislature.
Download the text of HR 2 here (PDF file 60k).
or here (PDF file 10k).

Status: Passed into law 2/17/99

Nebraska Hemp Law and Legislation

2019

LB 657
A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to agriculture; to amend section 28-401, Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2018; to adopt the Nebraska Hemp Act; to define and redefine terms under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act; to repeal the original section; and to declare an emergency

Status: Signed by Gov. Ricketts on May 30, 2019

2017
LB 617

A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to agricultural promotion; to amend section 2 28-401, Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, and section 2-5701, 3 Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2016; to adopt the 4 Industrial Hemp Act; to provide an exemption as prescribed; to 5 provide an operative date; and to repeal the original sections.

2016
LR 573

Interim study to examine the historic and present state of industrial hemp as an alternative crop in Nebraska and its future potential. Introduced 3/29/16

2014
LB 1001

Allow growth and cultivation of industrial hemp by the Department of Agriculture or a post secondary institution, exempt industrial hemp from the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Introduced 1/21/2014.

Status: Signed by Governor Heineman on 4/2/2014.
Download the text of LB 1001 here (PDF file 77k).

2001
LB 273

Died in House committee.
Download the text of LB 273 here (PDF file 77k).
Download the text of Amendments to LB 273 here (PDF file 9k).
Download the Committee Statement to LB 273 here (PDF file 16k).
Download the Fiscal Note to LB 273 here (PDF file 12k).

Nevada Hemp Laws & Legislation

2015
SB 305

Authorizes an institution of higher education or the State Department of Agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or for other agricultural or academic research.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Sandoval on June 4, 2015

Nevada Revised Statutes main page

Nevada Secretary of State
Initiatives and Referenda

2008
Adds Industrial Hemp to the definition of biomass in the Nevada Revised Statutes,
Chapter 701 – Energy Policy.
Download the text of the Hemp For Biomass Initiative as filed here (PDF file 172k).

New Hampshire Hemp Legislation

Hemp Farming & Research is not legal in New Hampshire

2019

HB 459
Defining hemp, relative to its growth and use in New Hampshire, establishing a committee to study the federal guidelines on growing hemp, and relative to costs of care for animals seized in animal cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases.

2015

HB 421

AN ACT authorizing the university of New Hampshire to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.

Status: Signed by the Governor on 7/13/15

Read the text of New Hampshire bill HB 421 on industrial hemp.

2014

HB 153

Establishes a committee to study the growth and sale of industrial hemp in New Hampshire.

Status: Signed by the Governor on 7/14/14

Read the text of HB 153 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 153 here (PDF file 94k).

2013
HB 153

This bill prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance. Introduced 1/3/2013.

Read the text of HB 153 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 153 here (PDF file 94k).

2012
HB 1615
This bill prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance. Introduced 1/4/2012.
Read the text of HB 1615 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 1615 here (PDF file 84k).

HR 20
This resolution urges the federal government to allow the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. Introduced 1/4/2012.
Read the text of HR 20 here (HTML).
Download the text of HR 20 here (PDF file 64k).

2011
HB 101
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced 1/5/2011. Referred to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Public Hearing was held on 1/18/2011 at 2:00 PM, LOB 303. Executive Session was held on 1/25/2011 at 1:00 PM, LOB 308. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for Feb 2 (Vote 11-7; RC) on 1/25/2011. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC (Motion Adopted, Regular Calendar) by a vote of 304-51 on 2/9/2011, thus the bill is dead.
Read the text of HB 101 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 101 here (PDF file 108k).

2009
HB 399
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 1/8/09. Referred to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Public hearing held on 2/5/2009. Subcommittee work session held on 2/10/09. Executive session held on 2/19/09 with a Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for Mar 4 RC (vote 9-8) and a Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass. Floor date 3/4/09.
Read the text of HB 399 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 399 here (PDF file 112k).

2007
HB 424
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 1/4/07. Passed House on 4/5/07 on a 190-76 vote. Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee voted Inexpedient to Legislate, 5-1 on 5/3/07. Killed in the Senate on a voice vote 5/10/07.
Read the text of HB 424 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 424 here (PDF file 68k).

2005
HB 55
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 12/1/04. Passed the House on 3/23/05 by a margin of 199-168 after coming out of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Heard by the Senate Environment and Wildlife Committee on 4/19/05. The Senate status of “Inexpedient to Legislate” indicates no further action will be taken on this bill (in other words, it’s dead).
Read the text of HB 55 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 55 here (PDF file 11k).

2004
HB 653
Authorizes the production of industrial hemp.
Introduced on 1/15/04, but no vote taken.
Read the text of HB 653 here (HTML).

2003
HB 653
Authorizes the production of industrial hemp, but passed over (no action taken).
(See above for text and more details.)

2001
HB 293
Died in House committee.
Read the text of HB 293 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 293 here (PDF file 7k).

2000
HB 239
“Interim Study Report: Not Recommended for Legislation in 2001”
(thus died in committee).
Read the text of HB 239 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 239 here (PDF file 13k).

HJR 25
“Inexpedient to Legislate” (thus died in the Senate).
Read the text of HJR 25 here (HTML).
Download the text of HJR 25 here (PDF file 6k).

1998
HB 1576
Died in committee.
Read the text of HB 1576 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 1576 here (PDF file 11k).

New Jersey Hemp Law & Legislation

2018
A1330

New Jersey Industrial Hemp Pilot Program bill. Allows industrial hemp farming; establishes industrial hemp license. Carryover of previous bill.
Download the Assembly Floor Substitute text of A1330.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Murphy on Nov. 21, 2018

2016
A2628

Allows industrial hemp farming; establishes industrial hemp license.

2014
A2719

Provides for industrial hemp farming. Introduced 2/24/2014. Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
Download the text of A2719 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of A2719 as Introduced here (PDF file 25k).

2013
A2415

Establishes an industrial Hemp license. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. 11/25/2013 Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee. 12/12/2013 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading. 1/13/2014 Substituted by S3110.
Download the text of A2415 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of A2415 as Introduced here (PDF file 36k).

S3110

Establishes an industrial Hemp license. Introduced on 12/16/2013. Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee. Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading on 1/9/2014. Passed by the Senate (38-0) on 1/13/2014. Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading on 1/13/2014. Substituted for A2415 on 1/13/2014. Passed Senate on 1/13/2014. (37-0) Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (65-8-0). Pocket vetoed by Governor Chris Christie on 1/21/2014.
Download the text of S3110 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of S3110 as Introduced here (PDF file 31k).

AR54

Urges President and Congress to enact “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011” and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Download the text of AR54 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of AR54 as Introduced here (PDF file 24k).

2012
A2415

Establishes an industrial Hemp license. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Download the text of A2415 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of A2415 as Introduced here (PDF file 36k).

AR54

Urges President and Congress to enact “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011” and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Download the text of AR54 as Introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of AR54 as Introduced here (PDF file 24k).

New Mexico Industrial Hemp Law & Legislation

2017
SB 6
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE; ENACTING A NEW SECTION OF CHAPTER 76 NMSA 1978 TO PROVIDE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO ADOPT RULES FOR RESEARCH ON INDUSTRIAL HEMP; PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW MEXICO INDUSTRIAL HEMP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND. 

STATUS: Vetoed by Gov. Martinez but veto was overturned by New Mexico Supreme Court on September 28, 2017

2015
SB 94
An Act relating to the agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of industrial hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making 
an appropriation. 

HB 357
Relating to agriculture; enacting the agricultural hemp act; providing that industrial hemp and agriucltural hemp seeds are agricultural products; revising the definition of “marijuana” in the Controlled Substances Act; Declaring an emergency.

2012
HB 62
Relating to economic development; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Santhica; establishing fees and revenues; providing for administrative monitoring. Introduced 1/13/12.
Read the text of HB 62 as introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 62 as introduced here (PDF file 40k).

2011
HB 565
Relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of industrial hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Introduced 2/17/11.
Read the text of HB 565 as introduced here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 565 as introduced here (PDF file 56k).
Download the Final version of HB 565 HAGC Committee Substitute here (PDF file 36k).

2009
HM 47
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to investigate the feasibility of state incentives for commercialization of industrial hemp and that Congress be requested to acknowledge the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp and to clearly legalize the commercial production of industrial hemp. Companion bill to SM 30. Introduced 2/19/09. Passed the House by a vote of 44-23 on the 32nd Legislative Day.Signed on the 33rd Legislative Day.
Read the text of HM 47 here (HTML).
Download the text of HM 47 here (PDF file 48k).
Download the Final version of HM 47 here (PDF file 24k).

SM 30
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to investigate the feasibility of state incentives for commercialization of industrial hemp and that Congress be requested to acknowledge the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp and to clearly legalize the commercial production of industrial hemp. Companion bill to HM 47. Introduced 2/16/09. Passed the Senate by a vote of 25-12 and Signed on the 47nd Legislative Day.
Read the text of SM 30 here (HTML).
Download the text of SM 30 here (PDF file 44k).
Download the Final version of SM 30 here (PDF file 32k).

HB 403
Industrial Hemp Farming Act. An act relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Industrial Hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Companion bill to SB 377. Introduced 1/28/09.
Read the text of HB 403 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 403 here (PDF file 68k).

SB 377
Industrial Hemp Farming Act. An act relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Industrial Hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Companion bill to HB 403. Introduced 1/29/09.
Read the text of SB 377 here (HTML).
Download the text of SB 377 here (PDF file 68k).

2007
HM 49
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to study the viability of a legal hemp industry; urging Congress to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to take certain other actions. Passed House 59-2 on 3/5/07Signed 3/6/07Official bill status abbreviations: [31] HAGC [36] DP/a [39] PASSED/H (59-2) [40] SGND.
Read the text of HM 49 here (HTML).
Read the text of HAGC Committee Report here (HTML).
Read the text of Fiscal Impact Report here (HTML).
Download the text of HM 49 as introduced here (PDF file 48k).
Download the text of HM 49 as enrolled here (PDF file 36k).

2002
HB 350
Died in committee.
Read the text of HB 350 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 350 here (PDF file 29k).

2001
HB 582
Died in House committee.
Read the text of HB 582 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 582 here (PDF file 22k).
HB 583
Died in House committee.
Read the text of HB 583 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 583 here (PDF file 6k).

2000
HB 388
Died in House committee.
Read the text of HB 388 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 388 here (PDF file 6k).

1998
HB 222
Passed both houses, but vetoed by Gov. Johnson.
Read the text of HB 222 here (HTML).
Download the text of HB 222 here (PDF file 11k).

New York Hemp Law & Legislation

2016
A 9310

Authorizes the sale, distribution, transportation and processing of industrial hemp. Modifies existing legislation to clarify that state pilot programs allow the research into marketing of hemp to include processing, sale and distribution of hemp.

A 8034

Establishes procedures for the growing of industrial hemp.

2014
A 9140

Authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as part of an agricultural pilot program. Introduced 3/20/2014. Passed both chambers on 6/11/2014.

Status: Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on 12/17/2014.

2013
S05978

Establishes procedures for the growing of industrial hemp.

A08297

Establishes procedures for the growing of industrial hemp.

North Carolina Hemp Law, Legislation and Regulation

2019

S 315
North Carolina Farm Act of 2019
Implement a state hemp program in accordance with Section 10113 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement Act OF 2018

2016
H 992
Amend Industrial Hemp Law

The Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) for H992 would (i) expand the membership
of the Industrial Hemp Commission (Commission), (ii) clarify the powers and duties of the Commission, including granting rulemaking authority to the Commission, and provide that the industrial hemp research program must be managed and coordinated by State land grant universities, (iii) set out specific responsibilities of licensees and authorized research purposes for the industrial hemp program, (iv) create civil and criminal penalties for various violations of the industrial hemp program, and (v) amend the definition of marijuana to allow for the production of industrial hemp when the Commission adopts temporary rules to implement the program.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. McCrory on 7/11/2016

2015
S 313
Industrial Hemp

An act to recognize the importance and legitimacy of industrial hemp research, to provide for compliance with portions of the Federal Agricultural Act of 2014, and to promote increased agricultural employment for North Carolina farmers.

STATUS: Became law without Governor’s signature on October 31, 2015

HB 766
Amend CBD Oil Statute

An act amending the exemption for use or possession of hemp extract and permitting the use of hemp extract as an alternative treatment for intractable epilepsy without participating in a pilot study and repealing the epilepsy alternative treatment act in 2021.

2006
H 1723
“The Studies Act of 2006”

Creates an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, among other studies. Introduced on 5/11/05. Edition 5 of H 1723 incorporating S 1572 (see below) adopted and ratified on 7/27/06. Signed and passed into law by Gov. Easley on 8/16/06.
Download the text of H 1723 as Introduced here (PDF file 57k).
Download the text of H 1723 as Signed here (PDF file 181k).

S 1572
“Study Beneficial Uses of Industrial Hemp”

Creates an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp. Introduced on 5/17/06 and referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations on 5/18/06. Incorporated into H 1723 (see above) on 7/27/06.
Download the text of S 1572 as Introduced here (PDF file 18k).
Download the text of S 1572 Edition 1 here (PDF file 18k).

North Dakota Hemp Laws & Legislation

2019
HB 1349
A BILL for an Act to create and enact chapter 4.1‑18.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the regulation of industrial hemp; to amend and reenact subdivision b of subsection 2 of section 12‑60‑24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to criminal history background checks; to repeal chapter 4.1‑18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the regulation of industrial hemp; to provide a penalty; to provide a continuing appropriation; and to declare an emergency.

2015
HB 1436
A bill for an Act to amend and reenact sections 4-41-01, 4-41-02, and 4-41-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp.

2009
HB 1549
A bill for an Act to amend and reenact section 4-41-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/19/09. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. House Committee reported back amended, do pass on a vote of 11 to 0 on 2/2/09. House second reading and passed on a vote of 88 to 4 on 2/6/09. Received in Senate from House on 2/9/09. Introduced in Senate, first reading, referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on 2/18/09. Senate Committee reported back amended, do pass on a vote of 7 to 0 on 3/4/09. Senate second reading and passed as amended on a vote of 40 to 1 on 3/6/09. Emergency clause carried. Returned to House on 3/9/09.
Download the text of HB 1549 as Introduced here (PDF file 16k).
Download the text of HB 1549 as First Engrossment here (PDF file 16k).

HCR 3026
A concurrent resolution urging the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to allow North Dakota to regulate industrial hemp farming without requiring federal applications, licenses, or fees. Introduced in the House on 1/29/09. Referred to the House Agriculture CommitteeAdopted by the House on 2/19/09. Adopted by the Senate on 3/24/09. Returned to the House on 3/25/09. Signed by the Senate President on 4/1/09. Filed with Secretary of State on 4/7/09.
Download the text of HCR 3026 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).
Download the text of HCR 3026 as Enrolled here (PDF file 16k).

2007
SB 2099
To amend and reenact subsections 1 and 3 of section 4-41-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp; to provide a continuing appropriation; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/3/07. Passed Senate 46-0 on 1/11/07. Passed House 79-11 on 2/26/07. Signed by House Speaker 2/28/07. Signed by Senate President 3/2/07. Signed by Governor 3/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State 3/6/07.
Download the text of SB 2099 as Introduced here (PDF file 16k).
Download the text of SB 2099 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HB 1490
To create and enact a new section to chapter 4-41 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the sale of industrial hemp seed; to amend and reenact subdivision b of subsection 2 of section 12-60-24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to criminal history record checks; to provide an appropriation; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/15/07. Passed House 89-2 on 2/6/07. Signed by House Speaker 2/28/07. Signed by Senate President 3/2/07. Passed Senate 40-0 on 2/23/07. Signed by Governor Hoeven on 3/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State 3/6/07.
Download the text of HB 1490 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).
Download the text of HB 1490 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HB 1020
Introduced by Appropriations Committee (At the request of the Governor). A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the extension service, northern crops institute, upper great plains transportation institute, main research center, branch research centers, and agronomy seed farm; to provide for transfer of funds; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/3/07. Passed House 92-0 on 4/24/07. Passed Senate 47-0 on 4/25/07. Signed by Governor Hoeven 4/27/07. Filed with Secretary of State 4/30/07.
Download the text of HB 1020 as First Engrossment here (PDF file 32k).
Download the text of HB 1020 as First Engrossment, with Conference Committee Amendments

HCR 3028
A concurrent resolution urging Congress to recognize the multiple benefits of industrial hemp and to facilitate the growing of industrial hemp and the expansion of industries reliant on industrial hemp-based products. Introduced on 1/26/07. Adopted by House on 2/13/07. Adopted by the Senate w/amendment on 3/15/07. Returned to House on 3/16/07. House concurred w/ Senate 4/3/07 on an 89-0 vote. Signed by Senate President and House Speaker on 4/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State on 4/5/07.
Download the text of HCR 3028 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).

HCR 3042
A concurrent resolution urging Congress to direct the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana. Introduced on 1/26/07. Adopted by House on 2/13/07. Adopted by the Senate on 3/12/07. Signed by Senate President and House Speaker on 3/20/07. Filed with Secretary of State on 3/20/07.
Download the text of HCR 3042 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).

2005
HB 1492
Allows feral hemp seed collection and breeding at NDSU. Introduced on 1/17/05. Passed 87-3 in the House; passed 46-0 in the Senate. Signed by Governor Hoeven on 3/9/05.
Download the text of HB 1492 as Enrolled here (PDF file 8k).

2001
HCR 3033
Adopted by the House on 2/20/01. Adopted by the Senate on 3/23/01. Filed with the Secretary of State on 4/3/01.
Download the text of HCR 3033 as Enrolled here (PDF file 10k).

1999
HB 1428
A BILL for an Act to authorize the production of industrial hemp; to create and enact a new section to chapter 63-01.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the designation of industrial hemp as a noxious weed; and to amend and reenact subsection 13 of section 4-09-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of noxious weed seeds. Passed 86-7 in the House; passed 44-3 in the Senate. Signed by Governor Schafer on 4/15/99.
Download the text of HB 1428 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HCR 3038
Passed as amended by the House on 2/17/99. Adopted by the Senate on 3/18/99. Filed with the Secretary of State on 3/23/99.
Download the text of HCR 3038 as Enrolled here (PDF file 8k).

1997
HB 1305
A BILL for an Act to provide for a study of industrial hemp production by the agricultural experiment station.
Passed into law.
Download the text of HB 1305 as Enrolled here (PDF file 6k).

Ohio Hemp Law and Legislation

Hemp Farming & Research is not legal in Ohio

2019

SB 57

Decriminalize hemp and license hemp cultivation

Oklahoma Hemp Law & Legislation

2019
SB 868
Directs the State Board of Agriculture to consult with the Governor and Attorney General to submit necessary paperwork to the USDA for the approval of the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Program. The measure modifies the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Program so that it is no longer a pilot program and is compliant with federal law. It also repeals two sections of law that required the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry to 1) establish a certified hemp seed program and 2) to study the feasibility of attracting federal and private funding to implement the pilot program established in 2018.

SB 238
Creating labeling requirements for cannabidiol

2018
HB 2913
Creates the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program, which allows universities or farmers contracting with universities to cultivate certified hemp seed for research and development for industrial uses. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry will manage the program. The measure creates within the department a revolving fund that will consist of all registration, lab, and inspection fees paid by program participants.

Status: Signed by Gov. Fallon on April 23, 2018

2014
SB 2116

Marihuana legalization, taxation and regulation. Also defines industrial hemp. Introduced and first reading on 2/3/2014.
Download the text of SB 2116 as Introduced here (PDF file 90k).

Oregon Hemp Law & Regulations

2016

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) scheduled a meeting on September 28th of 2016 to consider new rules to comply with legislation (HB 4060) passed by the state legislature. To learn more, read the Oregon Industrial Hemp Permanent Rules 2016.

2015

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for industrial hemp licenses. Details on the program, regulations and applicaiton forms can be found on the ODA page for industrial hemp.

On August 10, 2015, a group of Oregon Senators and Representatives sent a letter to Oregon Dept. of Ag regarding hemp research and Oregon State University encouraging them to move forward with hemp research and the hemp licensing program for the 2016 season and offering assistance if needed. Signatories were Sen. Wyden, Sen. Merkley, Rep. Blumenauer, Rep. Bonamici, Rep. Defazio and Rep. Schrader.

2014

Oregon Department of Agriculture – Draft regulations – proposed Nov. 13, 2014
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has published draft hemp regulations and is seekng comment from the public and stakeholders. Vote Hemp has prepared suggested talking points for those interested in commenting. Comments are due to ODA by January 9, 2015 at 5 pm PST.

Oregon Hemp Legislation

2016
HB 4060

Updates and clarifies provisions related to regulation of industrial hemp. Makes certain changes to program through which State Department of Agriculture regulates industrial hemp, including requiring any industrial hemp commodity or product intended for human consumption to be tested in accordance with rules adopted by Oregon Health Authority for testing marijuana items and allowing department and authority to jointly develop standards for testing industrial hemp crop to ensure crop contains average tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on dry weight basis. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Brown on 3/29/16

2015
HB 2668

Changes criteria for acquiring industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp seed production permit. Specifies that State Department of Agriculture shall rescind industrial hemp licenses if licenses were issued in manner that did not comply with enabling statute. Directs department to issue anew license to any person who previously held license if person meets criteria, as amended by Act, of enabling statute. Directs department to provide just compensation to any person who previously held license and who does not meet criteria, provided that person met criteria as set forth in enabling statute before effective date of Act. Suspends licensing of new growers of industrial hemp until March 1, 2017. Provides for research related to industrial hemp. Directs department to form rules advisory committee to adopt and amend rules related to industrial hemp. Increases General Fund appropriation made to State Department of Agriculture for purposes of carrying out certain provisions of Act. Increases General Fund appropriation made to Higher Education Coordinating Commission to be used by Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences for purposes of carrying out certain provisions of Act. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

SB 881

Provides that seed not intended for planting but remaining capable of germination is agricultural hemp seed. Includes seed processed in manner or to extent rendering seed incapable of germination in definition of “industrial hemp.” Provides that handling of seeds or seed products processed in manner or to extent of being incapable of germination does not require agricultural hemp seed production permit. Revises language regarding minimum size of industrial hemp operation. Reduces term of industrial hemp licenses and agricultural hemp seed production permits.

Status: Signed by Gov. Brown on 6/18/15

2014
Measure 91 – Ballot Initiative

Measure 91 amends Chapter 897’s “Revocation or refusal of license or permit” regarding industrial hemp to prevent the department from revoking a state hemp license on the basis that “industrial hemp productions or possession, or commerce in industrial hemp commodities or products” is prohibited by federal law.

2013
HB 3371

Relating to the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act; prescribing an effective date; providing for revenue raising that requires approval by a three-fifths majority. Provides for regulation of production, processing and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products. There are provisions for hemp licensing in this bill.

2011
HB 3130

Relating to industrial hemp. Creates rebuttable presumption that person convicted of violating controlled substance laws is unfit to receive or hold industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp production permit.

2009
SB 676

Permits production and possession of industrial hemp and trade in industrial hemp commodities and products.

Status: Governor signed into law on 8/4/09

2007
SB 348

Allows hemp farming under state license.

2005
SB 294

Allows hemp farming under state license.

2003
HB 2769

Permits regulated production of industrial hemp.

2001
SB 531

Died in Senate committee.

HB 3227

Died in House committee.

1997
HB 3623

Died in committee.

Oregon Hemp Law & Regulations

2016

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) scheduled a meeting on September 28th of 2016 to consider new rules to comply with legislation (HB 4060) passed by the state legislature. To learn more, read the Oregon Industrial Hemp Permanent Rules 2016.

2015

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for industrial hemp licenses. Details on the program, regulations and applicaiton forms can be found on the ODA page for industrial hemp.

On August 10, 2015, a group of Oregon Senators and Representatives sent a letter to Oregon Dept. of Ag regarding hemp research and Oregon State University encouraging them to move forward with hemp research and the hemp licensing program for the 2016 season and offering assistance if needed. Signatories were Sen. Wyden, Sen. Merkley, Rep. Blumenauer, Rep. Bonamici, Rep. Defazio and Rep. Schrader.

2014

Oregon Department of Agriculture – Draft regulations – proposed Nov. 13, 2014
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has published draft hemp regulations and is seekng comment from the public and stakeholders. Vote Hemp has prepared suggested talking points for those interested in commenting. Comments are due to ODA by January 9, 2015 at 5 pm PST.

Oregon Hemp Legislation

2016
HB 4060

Updates and clarifies provisions related to regulation of industrial hemp. Makes certain changes to program through which State Department of Agriculture regulates industrial hemp, including requiring any industrial hemp commodity or product intended for human consumption to be tested in accordance with rules adopted by Oregon Health Authority for testing marijuana items and allowing department and authority to jointly develop standards for testing industrial hemp crop to ensure crop contains average tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on dry weight basis. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Brown on 3/29/16

2015
HB 2668

Changes criteria for acquiring industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp seed production permit. Specifies that State Department of Agriculture shall rescind industrial hemp licenses if licenses were issued in manner that did not comply with enabling statute. Directs department to issue anew license to any person who previously held license if person meets criteria, as amended by Act, of enabling statute. Directs department to provide just compensation to any person who previously held license and who does not meet criteria, provided that person met criteria as set forth in enabling statute before effective date of Act. Suspends licensing of new growers of industrial hemp until March 1, 2017. Provides for research related to industrial hemp. Directs department to form rules advisory committee to adopt and amend rules related to industrial hemp. Increases General Fund appropriation made to State Department of Agriculture for purposes of carrying out certain provisions of Act. Increases General Fund appropriation made to Higher Education Coordinating Commission to be used by Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences for purposes of carrying out certain provisions of Act. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

SB 881

Provides that seed not intended for planting but remaining capable of germination is agricultural hemp seed. Includes seed processed in manner or to extent rendering seed incapable of germination in definition of “industrial hemp.” Provides that handling of seeds or seed products processed in manner or to extent of being incapable of germination does not require agricultural hemp seed production permit. Revises language regarding minimum size of industrial hemp operation. Reduces term of industrial hemp licenses and agricultural hemp seed production permits.

Status: Signed by Gov. Brown on 6/18/15

2014
Measure 91 – Ballot Initiative

Measure 91 amends Chapter 897’s “Revocation or refusal of license or permit” regarding industrial hemp to prevent the department from revoking a state hemp license on the basis that “industrial hemp productions or possession, or commerce in industrial hemp commodities or products” is prohibited by federal law.

2013
HB 3371

Relating to the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act; prescribing an effective date; providing for revenue raising that requires approval by a three-fifths majority. Provides for regulation of production, processing and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products. There are provisions for hemp licensing in this bill.

2011
HB 3130

Relating to industrial hemp. Creates rebuttable presumption that person convicted of violating controlled substance laws is unfit to receive or hold industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp production permit.

2009
SB 676

Permits production and possession of industrial hemp and trade in industrial hemp commodities and products.

Status: Governor signed into law on 8/4/09

2007
SB 348

Allows hemp farming under state license.

2005
SB 294

Allows hemp farming under state license.

2003
HB 2769

Permits regulated production of industrial hemp.

2001
SB 531

Died in Senate committee.

HB 3227

Died in House committee.

1997
HB 3623

Died in committee.

Rhode Island Hemp Law & Legislation

2016
HB 8232

TITLE: Hemp Growth Act

SUMMARY: An act relating to agriculture which permits the growth of hemp by properly licensed individuals that have applied and met the requirements of this chapter.

STATUS: Signed into law by the Gov. Raimondo on July 12, 2016

SB 2420

TITLE: Hemp Growth Act (companion to the House bill)

South Carolina Hemp Law and Legislation

2019
H 3449
An act to amend CHAPTER 55, TITLE 46, code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to industrial hemp cultivation. Removes references to South Carolina Industrial Hemp Program, defines terms, to prohibit the cultivation, processing and handling of hemp without a state license and to provide certain requirements for a hemp license. To provide that the commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture submit a plan the USDA.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. McMaster on March 28, 2019

S 384
Repeals Chapter 55, Title 46 of the 1976 code, relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp, upon the USDA’s approval of the state department of agriculture’s industrial hemp plan.

2017
H 3559

South Carolina bill H 3559 summary: To Provide A Definition For The Term “human Consumption”, To Create The South Carolina Industrial Hemp Program, To Provide That Industrial Hemp Is An Agricultural Crop Upon Which An Institution Of Higher Education May Conduct Research, To Provide That Industrial Hemp Or Hemp Products May Not Be Considered An Adulterant, To Provide Provisions That Regulate The Growing, Selling, And Importation Of Industrial Hemp And Hemp Seed, To Delete The Provision That Excludes Industrial Hemp From The Definition Of Marijuana, To Revise The Provision That Specifies That Certain Conduct Regarding The Manufacturing, Distribution, Purchase, And Other Activities Relating To Disguising Marijuana To Make It Appear To Be Industrial Hemp, And To Provide For Laboratory Testing Of Industrial Hemp.

Status: Signed by Governor McMaster on May 10, 2017

2015
S. 559

To amend chapter 55, Title 46, code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp, so as to provide a definition to the terms “DIVISION” and “GROWER”, and to provide a proceedure to license and regulate a person or business that engages in the production of industrial hemp.

STATUS: Died in committee

2013 – 2014
S. 839

To amend Title 46 of the 1976 Code, relating to agriculture, by adding Chapter 55 concerning industrial hemp; to provide that it is lawful to grow industrial hemp in this state; to clarify that industrial hemp is excluded from the definition of marijuana; to prohibit growing industrial hemp and marijuana on the same property or otherwise growing marijuana in close proximity to industrial hemp to disguise the marijuana growth; and to define necessary terms.

STATUS: Signed into law by Governor Haley on 6/2/14

2007 – 2008
H 3305

A Joint Resolution to create a committee to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, to provide for the study committee’s membership, and to require that the study committee report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before January 15, 2008, at which time the study committee is abolished. Introduced in the House and read for the first time on 1/17/07. Recalled from Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and referred to Committee on Judiciary 

South Dakota Hemp Law & Legislation

2016
HB 1054

Authorize the production and sale of industrial hemp.

Status: Failed in committee 5-4

2014
HCR 1017

Urging Congress, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.

2002
Initiated Measure 1

Voter initiative which failed to pass, as only 39% voted in favor.

2001
SB 86

Voted down in Senate committee.

Tennessee Hemp Law & Legislation

2019

HB 991
Taxation bill adds 6.6% tax on hemp intended for smoking

2014
SB 1686
Agriculture – As introduced, decriminalizes the growing and processing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 43; Title 53 and Title 67.

HB 1392
Agriculture – As introduced, decriminalizes the growing and processing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 43; Title 53 and Title 67.

SB 2495
Agriculture – As introduced, authorizes growing of industrial hemp subject to regulation by the department of agriculture. – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 43; Title 53 and Title 67.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Haslam on 5/14/14

HB 2445
Agriculture – As introduced, authorizes growing of industrial hemp subject to regulation by the department of agriculture. – Amends TCA Title 39; Title 43; Title 53 and Title 67.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Haslam on 5/14/14.

1999
HB 864
Died in committee.

Texas Hemp Law & Legislation

2019

HB 1325

AN ACT relating to the production and regulation of hemp; requiring occupational licenses; authorizing fees; creating criminal offenses; providing civil and administrative penalties.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Abbott on June 10, 2019

SB 1240

Relating to the production and regulation of hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

2017
HB 3587

Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

2015
HB 557

Relating to the growth or cultivation of industrial hemp for certain research purposes.

HB 1322

Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

Utah Hemp Law & Legislation

2019
SB 105

This bill amends provisions related to industrial hemp and cannabinoid products.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Herbert on 3/19/2019

2014
HB 105

Originally introduced with the title Plant Extract Amendments, the bill was amended in committee to include language to take advantage of Section 7606 of the Farm Bill with a definition of industrial hemp and a research provision.

Status: signed into law by Governor Herbert on 3/20/2014

Vermont Hemp Law

Act 143 effective July 1, 2018, (Amendments to Chapter 34)

Vermont Hemp Statute Title 6 Chapter 34

Vermont Hemp Legislation

2013
S 157

An Act Relating to Modifying the Requirements for Hemp Production in the State of Vermont. This bill proposes to: require persons to obtain a permit to grow hemp; remove the word “industrial” from references to hemp production in the State of Vermont; and give the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets authority to assess fees to hemp permit applicants.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Shumlin on June 10, 2013

S 29

An Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. This bill proposes to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to issue a license to grow industrial hemp pursuant to current Vermont statute.

Status: Not heard or acted upon

H 490

An Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. Introduced in the Senate on 3/1/2013.

Status: Not heard or acted upon

2012
H 747

An Act Relating To Cigarette Manufacturers
Amendment added in Senate to allow Department of Agriculture to promulgate industrial hemp farming rules, but not issue licenses.

2009
JRS 26

A joint resolution in support of Act 212 of 2008. The General Assembly urges Congress to Recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration allow the states to regulate industrial hemp farming without federal applications, licenses or fees.

2008
H 267

This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont.

2007
H 267

This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont.

2006
H 455

Allows hemp farming under state license. Held over from 2005.

2003
S 169

2002
S 119

2000
JRS 98

Passed into law.

1998
JRH 149

1996
H 783

Gov. Dean did not sign the bill, nor did he veto it.

Virginia Hemp Laws & Regulations

2018
SB 247

Industrial hemp research programs. The bill classifies all participants in any research program as either growers or processors and replaces the current licensing requirement, which requires a police background check, with a registration requirement. The bill will allow farmers to conduct research without partnering with a university and is Farm Bill compliant.

STATUS: Introduced Jan. 5, 2018

HB 532

Industrial hemp; removal of restrictions, registration of research program participants. Bill would remove licensing requirements but does not specify that registration and certification are required. The lack of registration and certification means that the program would not be Farm Bill compliant.

STATUS: Introduced Jan. 8, 2018

2016
SB 691

Production of industrial hemp. Slightly different version than HB 699.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. McAuliffe 02/29/16

HB 699

Production of industrial hemp. Clarifies that it is lawful for a person with a license to manufacture industrial hemp products or engage in scientific, agricultural, or other research involving the applications of industrial hemp and that no person shall be prosecuted for the possession, cultivation, or manufacture of industrial hemp plant material or products. The current law authorizes the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations necessary to license persons to grow industrial hemp or administer a research program. The bill requires the Board to adopt regulations as necessary to license persons to grow and process industrial hemp for any purpose and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish a licensure program, with a maximum license fee of $250.

2015

SB 955

Allows the cultivation by licensed growers of industrial hemp as part of a university-managed research program. The bill defines industrial hemp as the plant Cannabis sativa with a concentration of THC no greater than that allowed by federal law, excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Drug Control Act, and bars the prosecution of a licensed grower under drug laws for the possession of industrial hemp as part of the research program. The bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt relevant regulations and establish an industrial hemp research program to be managed by public institutions of higher education. This bill is identical to HB 1277 which was introduced by Del. Yost on 7/21/14. There was a lobby day with Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition on January 19th at the state Capitol in Richmond. Click here to download the flyer.

STATUS: SB 955 was passed in the Senate 32-5 and in the House 98-0 and was signed into law by Governor McAuliiffe on 3/16/15.

2001
HJ 605

Requests the Commission on Rural Prosperity to consider the growth and production of industrial hemp in Virginia as a means to promote rural prosperity.

Status: Passed on 2/16/01.

1999
HJ 94

Memorializes the Secretary of Agriculture, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to permit the controlled, experimental cultivation of industrial hemp in Virginia.

Status: Passed on 2/18/99.

1997
HJ 656

Establishes a six-member joint subcommittee to study the economic benefits of, and barriers to, the production of industrial hemp in Virginia.

Washington State Hemp Law & Legislation

2019

SB 5276

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) must develop an agricultural commodity program to replace the industrial hemp research pilot program, in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. WSDA must develop the state’s hemp plan in consultation with the Governor and the attorney general and include the plan elements required in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

Status: Signed by Gov. Inslee on April 26th

SB 5719

AN ACT Relating to hemp production; amending RCW 69.50.204; reenacting and amending RCW 69.50.101; adding a new section to chapter 15.120 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; repealing RCW 15.120.005, 15.120.010, 15.120.020, 15.120.030, 15.120.035, 15.120.040, 15.120.050, and 15.120.060; making an appropriation; providing an effective date; providing an expiration date; and declaring an emergency.

2016

HB 1552

Relating to industrial hemp; amending RCW 69.50.204; 2 adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.

SB 6206

Relating to authorizing the growing of industrial hemp; 2 adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.

STATUS: Vetoed by Gov. Inslee on March 10th 2016. Veto overridden by the legislature on March 28th, 43-0 (Senate) and March 29th, 88-6 (House). Effective Date June 28, 2016.

2015
HB 1268

Relating to hemp as a component of commercial animal feed; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.

STATUS: Signed by Gov. Inslee on April 25th 2015

HB 1552

Legalizes industrial hemp and removes it from coverage under the state Controlled Substances Act. Designates industrial hemp as an agricultural product which may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded. Establishes regulations designed to ensure that the THC content of industrial hemp grown in this state is consistent with international standards. Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses for the growing of industrial hemp and to regulate the industrial hemp industry. Creates standards and requirements that a grower must meet in order to be an industrial hemp grower. Imposes a fee on growers to cover regulatory costs. Creates an industrial hemp account in the State Treasury that is funded by licensing fees. Authorizes the Washington State University to undertake research regarding industrial hemp production.

SB 5012

Allows industrial hemp to be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state. Does not create requirement for state licensing or regulation of the crop. Authorizes Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

2014
HB 1888

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; adding a new chapter to Title; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.

SB 5222

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; and creating new sections. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

SB 5954

Permits the development of an industrial hemp industry and ensures that production of industrial hemp is in compliance with state law and federal guidelines. Authorizes Washington State University to undertake research of industrial hemp production in the state, after receiving a license to grow hemp from the director of the department of agriculture. Creates the industrial hemp account.

SB 6214

Requires the department of agriculture to establish a licensing program to allow persons to grow industrial hemp in this state. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in this state. Creates the industrial hemp account. Provides a contingent effective date for this act.

2013
SB 5222

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; and creating new sections. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state.

HB 1888

An Act Relating to industrial hemp; adding a new chapter to Title; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.

HB 2056

Correcting the definition of THC concentration as adopted by Initiative Measure No. 502 to avoid an implication that conversion, by combustion, of tetrahydrocannabinol acid into delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is not part of the THC content that differentiates marijuana from hemp.

2012
Initiative Measure No. 502

Relating to marijuana; amending RCW 69.50.101, 69.50.401, 69.50.4013, 69.50.412, 69.50.4121, 69.50.500, 46.20.308, 46.61.502, 46.61.504, 46.61.50571, and 46.61.506; reenacting and amending RCW 69.50.505, 46.20.3101, and 46.61.503; adding a new section to chapter 46.04 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 69.50 RCW; creating new sections; and prescribing penalties.

Initiatve 502 defined marijuana to exclude Cannabis of 0.3% THC or less so it is no longer a controlled substance under state law.

STATUS: Initiative 502 was passed by the voters on 11/6/2012

Download the text of Washington State Initiative 502 as presented to voters (PDF file 324k)
Washington State Liquor Control Board I-502 FAQs (PDF file)
New Approach Washington Backgrounder – I-502 and Industrial Hemp (PDF file 324k).

West Virginia Hemp Law

West Virginia Industrial Hemp Development Act – current WV law

West Virginia Hemp Legislation

2019
HB 2276

An act authorizing the Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate a legislative rule relating to industrial hemp.

SB 126

A bill relating to requiring industrial hemp grower licensees to file a copy of that license with the sheriff of the county where the hemp is to be grown and the local detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

SB 629

A bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto two new sections, designated §19-12E-10 and §19-12E-11, all relating to the state’s ability to regulate hemp production by submitting a plan to the Secretary of Agriculture; providing for continued production of industrial hemp without an approved plan for state regulation; providing for negligent violations of the state plan; providing for requirements to correct negligent violations; and providing for revocation of an industrial hemp license for repeat negligent violations of a state plan.

2018
SB 475

Industrial Hemp Development Act

Status: Signed by Gov. Justice – 3/27/18

2015
SB 221

Authorizing Agriculture Commissioner promulgate legislative rule relating to industrial hemp.

2014
HB 3011

Removes the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed.

Status: HB 3011 was allowed to become law without signing by the Governor on 3/21/2014.

2013
HB 3011

Removes the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed.

2002
SB 447

Status: Passed into law

Wisconsin Hemp Law

Wisconsin Act 100 – 2017 Hemp law

Wisconsin Hemp Legislation

2018
SB 119

Relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Walker Nov. 30, 2018

2016
SB 649

Relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

2014
AB 638

Relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

2010
AB 740

An Act to renumber and amend 961.55 (8); and to create 20.115 (7) (gc), 94.55, 961.32 (3) and 961.55 (8) (b) of the statutes; relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

AB 206

An Act to renumber and amend 961.55 (8); and to create 20.115 (7) (gc), 94.55, 961.32 (3) and 961.55 (8) (b) of the statutes; relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule−making authority, and making an appropriation.

2009
AB 206

An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp.

2008
AB 146

An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp.

2007
AB 146

An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp.

2002
AB 679

Passed by the Agriculture Committee, but died in the Rules Committee.

Wyoming Hemp Law

2019
HB 0171

An act relating to food and drugs; amending substances regulated by the controlled substances act; providing for hemp production and hemp processing; providing rulemaking authority; providing a penalty; authorizing the use and possession of hemp and hemp products; providing an affirmative defense; repealing conflicting provisions; requiring the department to submit a state plan for the regulation of hemp; providing an appropriation; requiring a report; and providing for an effective date.

2017
HB 230

AN ACT relating to food and drugs; authorizing industrial hemp farming as specified; providing for hemp farming for research purposes; providing licensure requirements; providing rulemaking authority; providing an affirmative defense for marihuana prosecutions as specified; and providing for an effective date.

STATUS: Passed Into Law Without the Governor’s Signature

Wyoming CBD Law

2019
HB 0100

An act relating to public health and safety; authorizing adults to possess and use hemp extract; eliminating registration requirements; authorizing a parent or legal guardian to administer hemp extract to a minor or vulnerable adult; and providing for an effective date.

Hemp Farming is not legal in District of Columbia

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