Twenty-nine (29) states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states will be able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Virginia.
Seven states (Hawaii, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota,Oregon and Tennessee) in 2015 had hemp research crops in accordance with section 7606 of the Farm Bill and state law.
Five states (Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont)
in 2015 licensed or registered farmers to grow hemp under state law.
State legislators and representatives of farm policy organizations, for more information about passing a resolution in support of industrial hemp or a hemp study bill please see our Hemp Resolution and Study Bill pages.
114th Congress - U.S. Federal
Two industrial hemp bills have been introduced in the 114th Congress. S. 134 was introduced on January 8, 2015 by Senator Wyden (D-OR). H.R. 525 was introduced on January 30, 2015 by Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY). The bills define industrial hemp, exclude it from the definition of "marihuana" in the Controlled Substances Act, and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp under state law.
113th Congress - U.S. Federal
Two industrial hemp bills have been introduced in the 113th Congress so far. H.R. 525, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013," was introduced in the U.S. House on February 6, 2013 by Rep. Tom Massie. A companion bill, S. 359, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on February 14, 2013 by Senator Ron Wyden. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is an original cosponsor. The bills define industrial hemp, exclude it from the definition of "marihuana" in the Controlled Substances Act, and gives states the exclusive authority to regulate the growing and processing of industrial hemp under state law. Also, On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2013 into law. Section 7606 of the act defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or State departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs.
Please see our Federal Legislation page for much more information.
All state hemp bills and resolutions introduced since 1995 are listed in the chart below the clickable map of the United States.