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The table below lists all states in alphabetical order which have Industrial hemp laws that pertain to the governance and cultivation of Industrial Hemp within that state. We have provided a link to that states program for Industrial Hemp through that states respective Department of Agriculture. There you will find information regarding regulation, zoning, certified seed programs, and forms needed for registration with the state. So far we have identified 22 states which have passed laws regulating Industrial Hemp on their department of Agriculture pages.

StateState Hemp Program Website
AlabamaNo official state hemp program
AlaskaNo official state hemp program
ArizonaNo official state hemp program
ArkansasNo official state hemp program
CaliforniaCalifornia State Hemp Laws
ColoradoColorado State Hemp Laws
ConnecticutEstablished a hemp growth program. The new law explicitly permits the retail sale of hemp, defined by the 2018 Farm Bill, and hemp products. The new law also excludes hemp from Connecticut’s definitions of cannabis-type substances and marijuana, but appears to still classify CBD as a controlled substance.
DelawareNo official state hemp program
FloridaPassed legislation expanding its hemp growth program to explicitly allow the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD and remove hemp, defined by the 2018 Farm Bill, from the definition of cannabis. The new law will require that hemp-derived CBD products be labeled with QR codes or website URLs.
GeorgiaEstablished a hemp growing program. State law defines hemp using the 2018 Farm Bill and exempts hemp and hemp-derived products from scheduled control. Still, a very confusing provision bans “food products infused with THC” unless approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
HawaiiHawaii State Hemp Laws
IdahoNo official state hemp program
IllinoisNo official state hemp program
IndianaNo official state hemp program
IowaEstablished a hemp growing program. The new law defines hemp using the 2018 Farm Bill and removes hemp and hemp products from the definition of marijuana. The law legalizes the retail sale of hemp products, so long as the hemp in the product complies with federal law, and provides that adding hemp to a cosmetic, personal care, or food product does not cause the product to be adulterated.
KansasKansas State Hemp Laws
KentuckyKentucky State Hemp Laws
LouisianaNo official state hemp program
MaineMaine State Hemp Laws
MarylandNo official state hemp program
MassachusettsNo official state hemp program
MichiganMichigan State Hemp Laws
MinnesotaMinnesota State Hemp Laws
MississippiNo official state hemp program
MissouriMissouri State Hemp Laws
MontanaMontana State Hemp Laws
NevadaNevada State Hemp Laws
New HampshireNo official state hemp program
New JerseyNo official state hemp program
New MexicoNo official state hemp program
New YorkNew York State Hemp Laws
North CarolinaNorth Carolina State Hemp Laws
North DakotaNorth Dakota State Hemp Laws
OhioNo official state hemp program
OklahomaApproved the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD. In doing so, it becomes the first state to require CBD product labels declare the cannabidiol’s country of origin and whether the cannabidiol is natural or synthetic.
OregonOregon State Hemp Laws
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Hemp Laws
Rhode IslandNo official state hemp program
South CarolinaSouth Carolina State Hemp Laws
South DakotaNo official state hemp program
TennesseeTennessee State Hemp Laws
TexasRecently passed a hemp growth program as of June 10th 2019. Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1325 into law, allowing Texas farmers to grow hemp commercially and making Texas the 45th state to approve hemp farming. The bill, which passed Texas House and Senate unanimously, will allow a state regulated hemp program for Texas farmers. The Texas Department of Agriculture will be working to finalize regulations in time for the 2020 growing season.
UtahUtah State Hemp Laws
VermontVermont State Hemp Laws
VirginiaVirginia State Hemp Laws
WashingtonWashington State Hemp Laws
West VirginiaNo official state hemp program
WisconsinNo official state hemp program
WyomingWyoming State Hemp Laws

The (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) Farm Bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA) to categorize hemp as an agricultural commodity regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Agricultural commodities are eligible for a range of federal programs including crop insurance, research grants, and certification of organic production practices. The Farm Bill also removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s (CSA) list of controlled substances, and creates requirements for hemp “plans” administered by individual states or tribal governments. These plans, which will be submitted by states to USDA over a one-year transition period, must include: Information about the land on which hemp is produced, including a legal description of the land, for at least three years; A procedure for testing hemp THC concentration levels; A procedure for disposal of plants that exceed hemp THC levels, and products from those plants; A procedure to comply with enforcement provisions specified in the AMA; A procedure for conducting random, annual inspections of hemp producers; A procedure for submitting hemp production information to USDA; and Certification that the state or tribe has adequate resources and personnel to implement required hemp production procedures. Significantly, section 297A of the 2018 Farm Bill redefines the term “hemp” so that the dividing line between hemp and marijuana is the THC level. As the language states: “The term 'hemp' means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Sec. 297A Later in the act under Section 12619 it revises the Controlled Substances Act to specifically exclude “hemp as defined in section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act” from being a Controlled Substance. Thus, a cannabis sativa plant that is less than 0.3% THC and all of its associated parts (including all cannabinoids and extracts) are excluded from the Controlled Substances Act as hemp. While this means that hemp-derived CBD would not violate the CSA, it does not meant that synthetic CBD or CBD derived from marijuana plants would fall outside the purview CSA. Further, it is not currently clear how production and marketing of such hemp-derived products will be regulated as USDA has yet to issue implementing regulations. The AMA requires USDA to issue regulation and guidance promptly. Finally, it also bears noting that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently stated that “it’s unlawful under the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act] to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived.” FDA has consistently taken the position that CBD cannot be sold in dietary supplements and foods under the current requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and has issued Warning Letters to companies for selling CBD in food and dietary supplements. Overall, this bill is a big win for those selling hemp-derived CBD who no longer have to worry about violating the CSA with their sales. Nevertheless, they should still be attentive to FDA and its enforcement against selling CBD in dietary supplements and foods.

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