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On this page you will find North Dakota hemp law along with a history of how North Dakota hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years.  We also provide links to important information concerning North Dakota 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.



North Dakota Hemp Resources

North Dakota Department of Agriculture hemp program page

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North Dakota Hemp Laws & Legislation

2015
HB 1436
A bill for an Act to amend and reenact sections 4-41-01, 4-41-02, and 4-41-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp.

2009
HB 1549
A bill for an Act to amend and reenact section 4-41-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/19/09. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. House Committee reported back amended, do pass on a vote of 11 to 0 on 2/2/09. House second reading and passed on a vote of 88 to 4 on 2/6/09. Received in Senate from House on 2/9/09. Introduced in Senate, first reading, referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on 2/18/09. Senate Committee reported back amended, do pass on a vote of 7 to 0 on 3/4/09. Senate second reading and passed as amended on a vote of 40 to 1 on 3/6/09. Emergency clause carried. Returned to House on 3/9/09.
Download the text of HB 1549 as Introduced here (PDF file 16k).
Download the text of HB 1549 as First Engrossment here (PDF file 16k).

HCR 3026
A concurrent resolution urging the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to allow North Dakota to regulate industrial hemp farming without requiring federal applications, licenses, or fees. Introduced in the House on 1/29/09. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. Adopted by the House on 2/19/09. Adopted by the Senate on 3/24/09. Returned to the House on 3/25/09. Signed by the Senate President on 4/1/09. Filed with Secretary of State on 4/7/09.
Download the text of HCR 3026 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).
Download the text of HCR 3026 as Enrolled here (PDF file 16k).

2007
SB 2099
To amend and reenact subsections 1 and 3 of section 4-41-02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to industrial hemp; to provide a continuing appropriation; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/3/07. Passed Senate 46-0 on 1/11/07. Passed House 79-11 on 2/26/07. Signed by House Speaker 2/28/07. Signed by Senate President 3/2/07. Signed by Governor 3/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State 3/6/07.
Download the text of SB 2099 as Introduced here (PDF file 16k).
Download the text of SB 2099 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HB 1490
To create and enact a new section to chapter 4-41 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the sale of industrial hemp seed; to amend and reenact subdivision b of subsection 2 of section 12-60-24 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to criminal history record checks; to provide an appropriation; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/15/07. Passed House 89-2 on 2/6/07. Signed by House Speaker 2/28/07. Signed by Senate President 3/2/07. Passed Senate 40-0 on 2/23/07. Signed by Governor Hoeven on 3/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State 3/6/07.
Download the text of HB 1490 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).
Download the text of HB 1490 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HB 1020
Introduced by Appropriations Committee (At the request of the Governor). A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the extension service, northern crops institute, upper great plains transportation institute, main research center, branch research centers, and agronomy seed farm; to provide for transfer of funds; and to declare an emergency. Introduced on 1/3/07. Passed House 92-0 on 4/24/07. Passed Senate 47-0 on 4/25/07. Signed by Governor Hoeven 4/27/07. Filed with Secretary of State 4/30/07.
Download the text of HB 1020 as First Engrossment here (PDF file 32k).
Download the text of HB 1020 as First Engrossment, with Conference Committee Amendments

HCR 3028
A concurrent resolution urging Congress to recognize the multiple benefits of industrial hemp and to facilitate the growing of industrial hemp and the expansion of industries reliant on industrial hemp-based products. Introduced on 1/26/07. Adopted by House on 2/13/07. Adopted by the Senate w/amendment on 3/15/07. Returned to House on 3/16/07. House concurred w/ Senate 4/3/07 on an 89-0 vote. Signed by Senate President and House Speaker on 4/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State on 4/5/07.
Download the text of HCR 3028 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).

HCR 3042
A concurrent resolution urging Congress to direct the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana. Introduced on 1/26/07. Adopted by House on 2/13/07. Adopted by the Senate on 3/12/07. Signed by Senate President and House Speaker on 3/20/07. Filed with Secretary of State on 3/20/07.
Download the text of HCR 3042 as Introduced here (PDF file 12k).

2005
HB 1492
Allows feral hemp seed collection and breeding at NDSU. Introduced on 1/17/05. Passed 87-3 in the House; passed 46-0 in the Senate. Signed by Governor Hoeven on 3/9/05.
Download the text of HB 1492 as Enrolled here (PDF file 8k).

2001
HCR 3033
Adopted by the House on 2/20/01. Adopted by the Senate on 3/23/01. Filed with the Secretary of State on 4/3/01.
Download the text of HCR 3033 as Enrolled here (PDF file 10k).

1999
HB 1428
A BILL for an Act to authorize the production of industrial hemp; to create and enact a new section to chapter 63-01.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the designation of industrial hemp as a noxious weed; and to amend and reenact subsection 13 of section 4-09-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of noxious weed seeds. Passed 86-7 in the House; passed 44-3 in the Senate. Signed by Governor Schafer on 4/15/99.
Download the text of HB 1428 as Enrolled here (PDF file 12k).

HCR 3038
Passed as amended by the House on 2/17/99. Adopted by the Senate on 3/18/99. Filed with the Secretary of State on 3/23/99.
Download the text of HCR 3038 as Enrolled here (PDF file 8k).

1997
HB 1305
A BILL for an Act to provide for a study of industrial hemp production by the agricultural experiment station.
Passed into law.
Download the text of HB 1305 as Enrolled here (PDF file 6k).