Pennsylvania Citation Summary

Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. tit. 3 § 701 to 710 (Purdon 2016)

  • Allows institutions of higher education or the Department of Agriculture of the commonwealth to research hemp under an industrial hemp pilot program.

  • This chapter shall expire if the secretary of agriculture of the Commonwealth determines a federal agency is authorized to regulate hemp.

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Ala. Code § 2-8-380 to 2-8-383 and § 20-2-2 (2016)

  • Creates an industrial hemp research program overseen by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to study hemp.

  • The department may coordinate the study with institutions of higher education.


Alaska Stat. § 03.05.010; Alaska Stat. § 03.05.100; Alaska Stat. § 03.05.076 to 03.05.079; Alaska Stat. § 11.71.900; Alaska Stat. § 17.20.020; Alaska Stat. §17.38.900 (2018)

  • Directs the commissioner of natural resources to adopt regulations related to industrial hemp including approved sources or varieties of seed, testing requirements, and establishing isolation distances.

  • Specifies registration requirements and allowable activities for registered producers of industrial hemp.

  • Directs the department to establish fee levels to cover regulatory costs and annually review these fee levels.

  • Allows for the creation of a pilot program by an institution of higher education or the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Defines both industrial hemp and cannabidiol oil. Amends definitions for hashish oil and marijuana.

  • Clarifies that the addition of industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product.

  • Requires a report on or before Dec. 1, 2024.


SB 1098 (2018) / Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 3-311 to 3-320

  • Authorizes a pilot program for the research, growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp and establishes the Industrial Hemp Trust Fund.

  • Directs the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) to adopt rules for the licensing, production and management of hemp and hemp seed, to set fees to fund AZDA’s activities, and to establish an industrial hemp advisory council.

  • Allows for commercial hemp production, processing, manufacturing


Ark. Stat. Ann. § 2-15-401 et seq.

  • Creates the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Program including a 10-year research program.

  • Authorizes the State Plant Board to adopt rules to administer the research program and license growers.

  • Requires the State Plant Board to provide an annual report starting Dec. 31, 2018.

  • Allows the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to work with the State Plant Board.

  • Establishes a separate program fund, which will include feeds collected and other sources of funding


Cal. Food and Agric. Code §81000 to 81010 (2016)

  • Allows for a commercial hemp program overseen by the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board within the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

  • Establishes registration for seed breeders.

  • This division will not become operative unless authorized under federal law.


Colo. Rev. Stat. § 35-61-101 to 35-61-109 (2016)

  • Allows hemp cultivation for commercial and research purposes to be overseen by the Industrial Hemp Committee under the Department of Agriculture.

  • Establishes a seed certification program.

  • Establishes a grant program for state institutions of higher education to research new hemp seed varieties.


Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-240 (Also, see 2014 Conn. Acts, P.A. #14-191.)

  • Establishes an agricultural pilot program for hemp research and directs the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to prepare a state plan.

  • Requires licenses for the cultivation and processing of hemp.


Del. Code Ann. tit. 3 § 2800 to 2802 (2016)

  • Establishes an industrial hemp research program overseen by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

  • Allows the department to certify institutions of higher education to cultivate hemp for research purposes.


S 1726 (Enacted; Effective June 16, 2017)

Florida SB 1020 (2019) / Fla. Stat. § 581.217

  • Directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to authorize and oversee the development of industrial hemp pilot projects at certain universities. Commercialization projects may be allowed after two years with certain conditions.

  • Authorizes the universities to develop pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities;

  • Requires a university to submit a report within two years of establishing a pilot program.

  • Establishes the state hemp program and directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including a land registry and licensing, to submit a plan to USDA.

  • Provides requirements for the distribution and sale of hemp extract.

  • Establishes an industrial hemp advisory council.


Georgia HB 213 / Ga. Code §§ 2-23-1 to 2-23-12 and § 16-13-25

  • Provides for licensing requirements for growers and processors as part of a state hemp plan.

  • Authorizes certain colleges and universities to conduct research on the cultivation, breeding and development of hemp.

  • Excludes regulated hemp and hemp products from the definition of marijuana as a controlled substance.


Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 141A to 141J and § 712 (2016)

  • Establishes an industrial hemp pilot program overseen by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

  • Allows the Board of Agriculture to certify hemp seeds.


Ill. Ann. Stat. ch. 720 § 550/15.2 (2016)

  • Creates an industrial hemp pilot program which allows the Illinois Department of Agriculture or state institutions of higher education to grow hemp for research purposes.

  • Requires institutions of higher education provide annual reports to the department.


Ind. Code Ann. § 15-15-13-1 to 15-15-13-17 (2016)

  • Allows the production and possession of hemp by licensed growers for commercial and research purposes.

  • Growers and handlers of hemp seeds must obtain a hemp seed production license.

  • Nothing in this section allows anyone to violate federal law.


Iowa SF 599 (2019) / Iowa Code § 204.1 to 204.17

  • Directs the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to establish a program, including licensing, fees and annual inspections, and to submit a state plan to USDA.

  • Provides for the enforcement, fees and penalties.


K.S.A Ch. 62 § 1 - 62 § 2

SB 263 (2018)

  • Creates the Alternative Crop Research Act (and licensing fee fund) to promote the research and development of industrial hemp.

  • Allows the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), either alone or in coordination with a state institute of higher education, to cultivate and promote research and development of industrial hemp.

  • Directs KDA to oversee annual licensing, establish fees, and promulgate rules and regulations.

  • Allows for a pilot program in Russell County, and other counties as determined by KDA.


Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 260.850 to 260.869 (2016)

  • Creates an industrial hemp research program and a commercial licensing program to allow hemp cultivation for any legal purpose.

  • The commercial growers’ license shall only be allowed subject to the legalization of hemp under federal law.

  • Growers are required to use certified seeds and may import or resell certified seeds.

  • Mandates the University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station oversee a five-year hemp research program.

  • Creates the Industrial Hemp Commission, attached to the Agricultural Experiment Station, to oversee, among other things, the licensing, testing and implementation of regulations and rules related to hemp.


Louisiana HB 491 (Act No. 164)

  • Authorizes industrial hemp research, cultivation, processing and transportation and recognizes industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity.

  • Provides for powers and responsibilities of the Agricultural Chemistry and Seed Commission and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to develop an industrial hemp program, including criteria for seed approval, licensing, testing and other necessary rules and regulations.

  • Directs the creation and submittal of a state plan to USDA by Nov. 1, 2019.

  • Exempts legally allowed industrial hemp and industrial hemp-derived CBD products from the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.


Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 7 § 2231 (2016)

  • Allows hemp growing for commercial purposes.

  • Establishes a license for seed distributors.


Md. Agriculture Code Ann. § 14-101 (2016)

  • Establishes a license allowing individuals to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in Maryland.

  • Authorizes the Maryland Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education to grow hemp for research purposes.


Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. 128 § 116 to 123 (2017)

  • Allows for hemp to be planted, grown, harvested, possessed, bought or sold for research or commercial purposes under the regulation of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

  • Requires producers and distributors to obtain a license issued by MDAR and for persons utilizing hemp for commercial or research purposes to register with MDAR.

  • Directs MDAR and Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate rules and regulations.


Mich. Comp. Laws § 286.841 to 286.859 (2016)

  • Creates an industrial hemp research program allowing the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and institutions of higher education to grow hemp for research purposes.


Minn. Stat. § 18K.01 to 18K.09 (2016)

  • Establishes a commercial hemp licensing program overseen by the Minnesota commissioner of agriculture.

  • Applicants must prove they comply with all federal hemp regulations, meaning that commercial licenses may not be available until federal law changes.

  • Allows the commissioner to implement an industrial hemp pilot program. Institutions of higher education may apply to participate in this program.


HB 2034 (2018) / Mo. Ann. Stat. § 261.265