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Federal Action

President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, or the 2014 Farm Bill, which featured Section 7606 allowing for universities and state departments of agriculture to begin cultivating industrial hemp for limited purposes. Specifically, the law allows universities and state departments of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp if:

“(1) the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research; and

(2) the growing or cultivating of industrial hemp is allowed under the laws of the State in which such institution of higher education or State department of agriculture is located and such research occurs.”

The law also requires that the grow sites be certified by—and registered with—their state.

In 2015, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 which would allow American farmers to produce and cultivate industrial hemp. The bill would remove hemp from the controlled substances list as long as it contained no more than 0.3 percent THC.

State Action

At least 28 states have laws in place related to industrial hemp. Generally, states have taken three approaches: (1) establish commercial industrial hemp programs, (2) establish industrial hemp research programs or (3) authorize studies of industrial hemp or the industrial hemp industry. Some states establishing these programs require a change in federal laws or a waiver from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency prior to implementation. Please click on the states in the map below for more information or see the complete list of  state statutes.



  • Allow Texas universities to study and research hemp
  • Permits a person to “plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp” and require registration with the Dept of Agriculture annually.
  • Define industrial hemp with a concentration of thc level of less than 0.3% (similar to 7 other states)


Forbes – Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment

Newsweek – The Great Kentucky Hemp Experiment

Rolling Stone – The Other Cannabis War
: The Battle Over Hemp

Huffington Post – Bill Aims To End Federal Ban On U.S. Hemp Production

Huffington Post – Why Hemp, The Sustainable Wonder Crop, Is Sweeping The Nation

NPR – Is Texas Ready to Get Kinky About Hemp?

PBS – Why Kentucky farmers are quitting tobacco and turning to an unlikely new crop

Houston Chronicle – Why can’t Texans grow hemp?

Slate – House and Senate Are Considering Bills to Allow Hemp Nationwide

Slate – Hemp versus cotton: Which is better for the environment?

Alternet – U.S. Farm Bill Allows Hemp Farming… in 10 States

Salon – Why America’s fired up about hemp

Truth out – Hemp Is the Far Bigger Economic Issue Hiding Behind Legal Marijuana

Missouri House votes to legalize growing industrial hemp

Inc – Why Patagonia Wants Hemp to Be the Hot New (Legal) Crop

Bill would let Rhode Island Indian Tribe grow hemp

Inc. Magazine names cannabis e-commerce founder to 2016 “30 Under 30″ list.

Surfer Dan Malloy Talks Filmmaking, Farming & Industrial Hemp

Business Journal – Hawaii Governor gives go-ahead to industrial hemp pilot program

Resilience – Can Industrial Hemp Save Kentucky’s Small Farms?

MIT – Three things to know about Seed CX and the industrial hemp industry

Associated Press – 3 years into nation’s hemp experiment, crop’s future is hazy

Tech Crunch – Hemp can’t get you high, but it can get high-tech

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