A National AgLaw Center Research Publication

Industrial Hemp Laws: State-by-State

Compiled by:
John Ogle
Research Fellow 
Rusty Rumley
Senior Staff Attorney
National Agricultural Law Center
 
 

Most states enacted industrial hemp laws after the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, and with the 2018 Farm Bill further expanding the ability of farmers to grow industrial hemp under state or federal authority that number will only increase.  Further, states with existing state regulatory schemes will also likely adapt their laws to comply with the language from the 2018 Farm Bill in order to grow this new industry in their state. While the overall statutory schemes may be similar, each state has noticeably different content in the specific details of the laws. This publication provides a categorization of typical and reoccurring provisions within industrial hemp laws that have been passed in various states.  The primary aim of this compilation is to provide the researcher with a way to recognize and distinguish specific provisions have been included in the statutory language among various states.  It was last updated on 2/15/19.

Industrial Hemp Medical Marijuana Recreational Marijuana Editor’s notes
Generally Relevant Sections Specific Provisions
Growers Restrictions Funding
Alabama Ala. Code § 2-8-380 to 2-8-383  Ala. Code § 2-8-382-383 Ala. Code § 2-8-383 Ala. Code § 2-8-383
Alaska Alaska Laws Ch. 5 (S.B. 6) Alaska Laws Ch. 5 (S.B. 6) Alaska Laws Ch. 5 (S.B. 6) Alaska Laws Ch. 5 (S.B. 6) AS 17.37.010 to .080. AS 17.38.010 to .900
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 3-311 to 3-320 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 3-311 to 3-320 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 3-311 to 3-320 Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 3-313, 314, 315 AZ 28.1 Sec. 36 AZ not accepting growing applicants until summer 2019

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. s 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, will be effective Aug. 4, 2019

Arkansas A.C.A. Sec. 2-15-401-412 A.C.A. Sec. 2-15-401-412 A.C.A. Sec. 2-15-405-412 A.C.A. Sec. 2-15-412 AR Issue #6 AR is an excellent model for industrial hemp statutes
California CA Food & Ag Code Div. 24 Industrial Hemp Sec. 81000-81011 CA Food & Ag Code Div. 24 Industrial Hemp Sec. 81000-81011 CA Food & Ag Code Div. 24 Industrial Hemp Sec. 81006 CA Food & Ag Code Div. 24 Industrial Hemp Sec. 81000-81011 Cal. Health & Safety (H&S) § 11362.5).  Proposition 64 – Marijuana Legalization
Colorado CRS 35-61-101-109 CRS 35-61-102 CRS 35-61-101-109 CRS 35-61-106 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-1.5-106 (2003) Colorado State Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16 
Connecticut Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 21a-240 (West) Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 21a-408(a)-(v) (West) Connecticut has no law on industrial hemp other than excluding it from the definition of “marijuana”
Delaware Del. Code Ann. tit. 3 § 2800 to 2802 (2016) Del. Code Ann. tit. 3 § 2800 to 2802 (2016) Del. Code Ann. tit. 3 § 2800 to 2802 (2016) Del. Code Ann. tit. 3 § 2800 to 2802 (2016) Delaware Medical Marijuana Act
Florida  Florida Statutes 1004.4473  Florida Statutes 1004.4473  Florida Statutes 1004.4473  Florida Statutes 1004.4473 Florida Statutes 381.986
Georgia Georgia  does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Hawaii HI Rev Stat § 141-31 – 41 (2016) HI Rev Stat § 141-31 – 41 (2016) HI Rev Stat § 141-31 – 41 (2016) HI Rev Stat § 141-31 – 41 (2016) HI SB 862
Idaho Idaho  does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Illinois 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 550/15.2 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 550/15.2 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 550/15.2 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 550/15.2 410 ILCS 130
Indiana Ind. Code Ann. § 15-15-13-(1-17) Ind. Code Ann. § 15-15-13-(1-7) Ind. Code Ann. § 15-15-13-(7-17) Ind. Code Ann. § 15-15-13-16
Iowa Iowa does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Kansas Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 2-3901 to 3903 Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 2-3901 to 3903 Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 2-3901 to 3903 Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 2-3903
Kentucky Ky. Rev. Stat. §§ 260.850 to 260.869 Ky. Rev. Stat. §§ 260.858, 862 Ky. Rev. Stat. §§ 260.858, 862 Ky. Rev. Stat. §§ 260.866-69
Louisiana Louisiana does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Maine Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 7, § 2231 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 7, § 2231 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 7, § 2231 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 7, § 2231 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 22, § 2421-30 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 36, § 1817-18 Rec. marijuana Law was vetoed by Gov.  Currently awaiting house approval
Maryland MD Ag. Code Ann. Sec. 14-101 (2016) MD Ag. Code Ann. Sec. 14-101 (2016) MD Ag. Code Ann. Sec. 14-101 (2016) MD Ag. Code Ann. Sec. 14-101 (2016) MD Stat. Ann. 33 Sec. 13-3301
Massachusetts Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. 128 § 116 to 123 (2017) Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. 128 § 117 to 123 (2017) Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. 128 § 117 to 123 (2017 Chapter 369 of the Acts of 2012, “An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,” Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. 94G. §1 to 21 The statutory language of hemp laws is not freely available online
Michigan Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.841-859 Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.841, 843, 846-859 Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.852-859 Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.844, 845, 856 MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.27951-333.27967
Minnessota Minn. Stat. Ann. § 18K.01-09 Minn. Stat. Ann. § 18K.01-09 Minn. Stat. Ann. § 18K.01-09 Minn. Stat. Ann. § 18K.01-09 Minn. Stat. Ann. §152.21-37
Mississippi Mississippi  does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Missouri Mo. Ann. Stat. § 261.265 Mo. Ann. Stat. § 261.265 Mo. Ann. Stat. § 261.265 Mo. Ann. Stat. § 261.265 Mo. Const. art. XIV, § 1
Montana Mont. Code Ann. § 80-18-101 to 80-18-111 (2016) Mont. Code Ann. § 80-18-101 to 80-18-111 (2016) Mont. Code Ann. § 80-18-101 to 80-18-111 (2016) Mont. Code Ann. § 80-18-101 to 80-18-111 (2016) Mont. Code Ann Sec. 50-46
Nebraska Nebraska Rev. Stat. Ann. 2-5701 Nebraska Rev. Stat. Ann. 2-5701 Nebraska Rev. Stat. Ann. 2-5701 Nebraska Rev. Stat. Ann. 2-5701
Nevada Nev. Rev. Stat. § 557.010 to 557.290 (2016) Nev. Rev. Stat. § 557.010 to 557.290 (2016) Nev. Rev. Stat. § 557.010 to 557.290 (2016) Nev. Rev. Stat. § 557.010 to 557.290 (2016) NRS 453A.010 – .170 NRS 453D.010
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 433-C N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 433-C-2 N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 433-C-3 N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §126-X:1-11
New Jersey N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 4:28-1 to 4:28-5 N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 4:28-1 to 4:28-5 N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 4:28-1 to 4:28-5 N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 4:28-1 to 4:28-5 N.J. Stat. Ann. § 24:6I-1 (West)
New Mexico N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 76-24-1 and 76-24-2 N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 76-24-1 and 76-24-2 N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 76-24-1 and 76-24-2 N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 76-24-1 and 76-24-2 N.M. Stat. Ann. §26-2B-3(F) (2007)
New York N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Law § 505-14 (McKinney) N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Law § 505-14 (McKinney) N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Law § 505-14 (McKinney) NY Pub. Health Law §1004.1-24
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-568.50 to 568.57 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-568.50 to 568.57 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-568.50 to 568.57 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 106-568.50 to 568.57 HB 1220
North Dakota N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 4.1-18-01-03 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 4.1-18-01-03 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 4.1-18-01-03 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 4.1-18-01-03 § 19–24.1–01-40. Definitions
Ohio HB 523 Ohio does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Oklahoma Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 2, §§ 3-401 to 3-410 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 2, §§ 3-401 to 3-410 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 2, §§ 3-401 to 3-408 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 2, §§ 3-409 to 3-410 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 63, §§ 420 to 426
Oregon Or. Rev. Stat § 571.300  to .348 Or. Rev. Stat § 571.300  to .348 Or. Rev. Stat § 571.300  to .348 Or. Rev. Stat § 571.300  to .348 ORS 475B ORS 475B
Pennsylvania 3 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 701-10 (West) 3 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 704 (West) 3 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 705-07 (West) 3 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 708 (West) Medical Marijuana Act 2016
Rhode Island 2 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 2-26-1-9 (West) 2 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 2-26-3-9 (West) 2 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 2-26-5-9 (West) 21 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 21-28.6-1 (West)
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. § 46-55-10 to 60 S.C. Code Ann. § 46-55-10 to 60 S.C. Code Ann. § 46-55-10 to 60 S.C. Code Ann. § 46-55-10 to 60
South Dakota South Dakota does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Tennessee TN Code § 43-26-102 to 103 (2016) TN Code § 43-26-102 to 103 (2016) TN Code § 43-26-102 to 103 (2016) TN Code § 43-26-102 to 103 (2016) SB 2531
Texas Texas  does not allow the cultivation of industrial hemp
Utah Utah Code Ann. § 4-41-101 to 105 Utah Code Ann. § 4-41-101 to 105 Utah Code Ann. § 4-41-101 to 105 Utah Code Ann. § 4-41-101 to 105
Vermont Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 6, § 561-68 Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 6, § 564 Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 6, § 564 Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 18, 4471-74m H-0511 Rec marijuana legal starting 7/1/2018, no statutes yet
Virginia Va. Code § 3.2-4112 to 3.2-4119 (2016) Va. Code § 3.2-4112 to 3.2-4119 (2016) Va. Code § 3.2-4112 to 3.2-4119 (2016) Va. Code § 3.2-4112 to 3.2-4119 (2016)
Washington Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 15.120.005 to 15.120.060 (2017) Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 15.120.005 to 15.120.060 (2017) Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 15.120.005 to 15.120.060 (2017) Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 15.120.005 to 15.120.060 (2017) Chapter 69.51A RCW Initiative 502
West Virginia W. Va. Code Ann. § 19-12E-1-9 W. Va. Code Ann. § 19-12E-2-6 W. Va. Code Ann. § 19-12E-6-8 WV Senate Bill 386
Wisconsin Wis. Stat. Ann. § 94.55  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 94.55  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 94.55  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 94.55 
Wyoming Wyo. Stat. § 35-7-2101 to 35-7-2109  Wyo. Stat. § 35-7-2101 to 35-7-2109  Wyo. Stat. § 35-7-2101 to 35-7-2109  Wyo. Stat. § 35-7-2101 to 35-7-2109  HB 0171 is currently being considered