An estimated 244 acres of hemp were grown in Maryland in 2020, down from an estimated 786 acres in 2019
On this page you will find Maryland hemp law along with a history of how Maryland hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years. We also provide links to important information concerning Maryland hemp programs and state agency advisories or opinion letters. Our goal is to keep the public, media and policy makers informed on each states status concerning hemp law and policy.
Maryland Department of Agriculture hemp program
Maryland Dept. of Agriculture proposed hemp regulations – 2018 (PDF)
Maryland Dept. of Agriculture proposed hemp regulations – 2017 (PDF)
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Maryland Hemp Legislative History
Altering the name of the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to be the Hemp Research Pilot Program; establishing the Hemp Farming Program to promote hemp as an agricultural commodity in the State, the commercial sale of hemp products within and outside the State and to facilitate the research of hemp and hemp products; requiring the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission, to adopt regulations to protect hemp growers and medical cannabis growers from the risk of cross-pollination; etc.
Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hogan on April 30, 2019
Repealing certain provisions of law that authorize under certain circumstances, a person to plant, cultivate, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in the State; repealing an authorization for the Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp; establishing an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to authorize and facilitate the research of industrial hemp and certain aspects for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes.
STATUS: Signed into law by Gov. Hogan on 5/8/18
Authorizing the Department of Agriculture or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp if the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for agricultural or academic research purposes; requiring a site used by the Department or an institution of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp to be certified by and registered with the Department; authorizing the Department to adopt specified regulations; etc.
STATUS: Signed by Gov. Hogan on 4/12/16
Authorizing a person to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in the State; requiring a person to register with the Department of Agriculture before planting or growing industrial hemp; altering the definition of “marijuana” for purposes of specified provisions of law relating to controlled dangerous substances to exclude industrial hemp; providing for the termination of a specified registration requirement; etc.
STATUS: Passed the House 130 to 8 and the Senate 45 to 1. Signed by Gov. Hogan on 5/15/15
Allow production and marketing of industrial hemp, exempt industrial hemp from the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and provide powers and duties for the Department of Agriculture. Introduced 1/21/2014. Passed in the House 3/28/2014.
Defines industrial hemp and authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in accordance with rules adopted by the department of agriculture. (The bill has many drug policy components as well.)
Introduced, First Reading, and assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations committee on 02/21/2013.
Download the text of HB 1453 here (PDF 369k).
Passed into law.
The bill established a 4 1/2 year pilot program to study the growth and marketing of industrial hemp;
Download the text of HB 1250 here (PDF 30k).
Authorizing the growth, maintenance, manufacture, and the regeneration of seed for the growth of industrial hemp; requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to require a license before engaging in the commercial use of industrial hemp; requiring the Secretary to develop criteria for issuing a license to engage in the commercial use of industrial hemp; etc. Assigned to Environmental Matters.
Download the text of HB 374 here (PDF 32k).