Laws & Regulations
Law & Regulations
Industrial hemp in the United States is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC and 1% THC in West Virginia. While industrial hemp has not been made federally legal in the United States, to date over 30 states have enacted or established legislation to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. Over 10 states have legalized commercial hemp and over 20 states have passed research and pilot programs. The map below depicts the states that allow cultivation of hemp for commercial and/or research purposes. For state information, click the state tabs below the map.
Industrial hemp is permitted for research purposes administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and universities.
Industrial hemp is allowed to be cultivated for research purposes in Arkansas; the research program is carried out by the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Industrial hemp is allowed to be cultivated for research purposes through established research institutions or by a registered seed breeders in California. Commercial hemp has been introduced and is overseen by the Hemp Advisory Board. Registration is currently unavailable for commercial industrial hemp cultivation, however once available, individuals must be registered with the county agricultural commissioner. Applicants will be required to submit the seed variety they will be growing and what the crop will be grown for. Licenses for commercial hemp is valid for two (2) years before a renewal needs to be processed. For more information on California hemp legislation, please visit California Industrial Hemp Laws and the California Department of Agriculture.
Allows both commercial and research industrial hemp to be cultivated in Colorado. Industrial hemp production is overseen by the Industrial Hemp Committee under the Department of Agriculture (CDA). The annual registration fee for industrial hemp production is $500 USD plus $5 per acre outdoors and/or $0.33/1000 sq. ft. indoors. In addition to production, the CDA also administers a seed certification program and is in the process of approving certified industrial seed varieties. For more information on hemp production, see the complete Rule List and the Department FAQ.
Industrial hemp cultivation for research purposes is permitted by universities. The program is overseen by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
Industrial hemp growth is permitted for research purposes in Florida; research is carried out by Florida A&M University and the University of Florida.
The Hawaii Department of Argiculture (HDOA) have established legislation to grow industrial hemp for commercial and research purposes. Licenses will be made available by January-April 2018 and will cost $250 plus $2 per acre. Growers are required to report to the HDOA on a week before harvesting and would need a permit to transport. Please see Senate Bill 2659 for more information on industrial hemp in Hawaii.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture and universities are allowed to grow hemp for research purposes. Universities must submit annual reports to the Department of Agriculture. For more information see section 15.2 of the the Cannabis Control Act.
Industrial hemp production and handling is permitted for commercial and research purposes by licensed cultivators. Currently, there are strict state laws to growing industrial hemp. Cultivators and handlers must obtain a hemp seed production license from the state seed commissioner. For more information on industrial hemp in Indiana, see the Indiana Hemp Industrial Act.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has allowed the cultivation of industrial hemp are both research and commercial purposes, with the focus primarily on research. Certified seeds must be used and a production report must be submitted to the KDA by December 1 yearly. The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission oversees and administers licensing, testing and implements the rules & regulations regarding the program. For more information on the Industrial Hemp Pilot program, see the KDA pilot program, 2017 fee schedule, and the program policy guide.
Growth of industrial hemp for research and commercial purposes is allowed in Maine. Growers must get a license for seed distribution and use certified seeds. For more information including policies and fee information, see the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Industrial hemp is allowed to be cultivated for both research and commerical purposes. Regulations are controlled by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).
Industrial hemp can be grown for research purposes by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) as well as universities. For more information see MDARD.
An industrial hemp pilot program is active, allowing universities and individuals to apply to grow hemp for research purposes. Minnesota has also established commercial licensing. The program is overseen by the commissioner of agriculture at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and all activity regarding industrial hemp including findings, seed varieties and distribution must be reported. For more information visit the MDA’s FAQ and the Pilot Program Application.
Industrial hemp is permitted for commercial and research purposes. Commercial growers are required to use certified seeds and acquire permission from the DEA. Licenses cost $50 and $400 to participate in the pilot program. There is a $600 fee for specialty variety seeds. See the Montana Department of Agriculture for information on approved hemp products in Montana and for application forms.
Nebraska permits cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes, implemented by the Department of Agriculture and universities.
Only allows cultivation for research and development pilot programs. The Nevada Department of Agriculture and universities are currently the only two entities allowed to carry out the industrial hemp pilot program. As of June 2017, cultivation of hemp as been made legal for commercial purposes in Nevada. For more information please see the Nevada Hemp Production FAQ.
Industrial hemp is allowed to be cultivated for research purposes by universities. The research must be completed in 3 years from start time and coordinate with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
Under the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program in New York, the Department of Agriculture and Markets and universities can grow hemp for research purposes. The commissioner of agriculture can only authorize ten (10) grow sites for the program and may develop regulations to obtain hemp seeds. For more information see the Program Guidance. In July 2017, Governor Cuomo signed legislation making hemp an agricultural commodity; for more information on regulations and requirements see the Research Initiative.
A pilot program has been established to allow industrial hemp for research purposes to be grown by the Commission, North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State Universities. It is overseen by the Industrial Hemp Commission within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. See the temporary rules in place for the pilot program for more information.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) controls the cultivation of industrial hemp through the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. In addition to granting permission to universities to cultivate for research purposes, commercial hemp is allowed. The NDDA must be informed of all commercial activity and applicants are required to submit a notarized application form, two (2) sets of fingerprints and a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
Commercial hemp cultivation is allowed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Registrations are valid for one (1) calendar year and will cost approximately $1300 USD for grower or handler applications and $120 USD for a hemp seed production registration. For more information please see the Oregon Hemp Rules.
Currently, universities and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are permitted to cultivate hemp for research purposes.
Hemp can be cultivated for both commercial and research purposes in Rhode Island. The commercial program is overseen by the Department of Business Regulation. For more information, see the Hemp Growth Act.
Industrial hemp can be cultivated for both commercial and research purposes in South Carolina. The Department of Agriculture will allow up to twenty (20) permits in the first year and forty (40) permits every year after. For more information see Chapter 55 of Bill 3559.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture allows for the cultivation of hemp for commercial and research purposes. The Commissioner of Agriculture regulates and develops program rules for licensing. For more information on industrial hemp in Tennessee and application forms, see the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Utah Department of Agriculture (UDA) controls industrial hemp cultivation and only cultivates for research purposes. The UDA also certifies universities to implement industrial hemp research.
Industrial hemp for commercial purposes is permitted. Registration must be completed yearly and more information can be found at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods & Market.
Under the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Commissioner, industrial hemp can be cultivated for research and commercial purposes. The commissioner regulates separate licenses for research and commercial cultivation with a maximum $250 application fee. For more information see Senate Bill 691 and VDACS for the list of research programs.
In Washington state, the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot (IHRP) allows industrial hemp for research purposes only; commercial has not been made legal, however research may explore commercial viability. The Department of Agriculture plans to start issuing licenses in spring 2017. For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture.
Hemp production for commercial purposes is permitted. Industrial hemp in West Virginia needs to produce less than 1% THC opposed to 0.3% in all other states. Applications are filed to the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, whom also communicates legislative rules including testing and fees. For more information see Chapter 19 of the West Virginia Code.
Industrial hemp can be cultivated for commercial purposes in Wisconsin. The legalization was passed in Q4 2018 with unanimous support.
Industrial hemp is allowed to be cultivated for commercial and research purposes in Wyoming.
The map below depicts countries that permit the growth of hemp.