Thursday, April 4, 2013

Industrial Hemp Looks Like it is coming back to America Once again! Thank you America.

This information provided by Vote Hemp:
To date, thirty-one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and ninenteen have passed pro-hemp legislation.
Eight states (Colorado, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia) have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production.
Three states (Hawaii, Kentucky, and Maryland) have passed bills creating commissions or authorizing research.
Nine states have passed hemp resolutions: California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.
Eight states have passed hemp study bills: Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Vermont. Many other states have done studies without legislative directive. A complete list of state study bill legislation and state studies may be found on our Study Bill page.
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.
2013 Legislative Session - U.S. State
So far in the 2013 legislative season industrial hemp legislation has been introduced in seventeen states: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
California had a hemp farming bill, SB 566, introduced in the Senate. An act to add Division 24 (commencing with Section 81000) to, and to repeal Section 81003 of, the Food and Agricultural Code, and to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13. Another hemp farming bill, AB 1137, introduced in the Assembly. An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13.
Colorado had a bill, SB13-241, concerning the creation of a program in the Department of Agriculture to regulate industrial hemp production introduced on 4/1/2013.
Hawaii had four hemp bills introduced this session. SB 695 allows private funded industrial hemp research to be conducted under certain conditions, etc. Introduced on 1/18/2013. HB 154 is an industrial hemp remediation pilot program bill and HR 6 and HCR 3 are resolutions directed towards the President and the state's Congressional delegation.
Illinois had a hemp farming bill, HB 2668, introduced on 2/21/2013. Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.
Introduced, first reading, and referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/21/2013.
Indiana had a hemp farming and drug policy bill introduced on 1/15/2013. SB 580 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.) Also, a study bill. SR 31, was introduced on 1/14/2013.
Iowa had a hemp farming bill, SF 264, introduced on 2/26/2013. An Act providing for the production and marketing of industrial hemp, and providing for penalties. Introduced and referred to Agriculture committee on 2/26/2013.
Kentucky had a pair of hemp farming bills introduced in the House and Senate. SB 50 was introduced on 1/11/2013 and and HB 33 was introduced on 1/8/2013. These bills have the support of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Hemp Commission, some of the Kentucky Congressional delegation, and group of bipartisan state legislators.
Maine had a bill, LD 525, which amends the state's hemp farming law introduced on 2/15/2013. This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant's fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government. Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 2/19/2013.
Maryland had a bill, HB 1453, introduced on 02/21/2013. 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.) First Reading and assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations commiettee on 02/21/2013.
Massachusetts had a hemp farming bill, H.823, introduced on 1/22/2013. An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on 1/22/2013.
Minnesota had a hemp farming bill, HF 736, introduced on 2/20/2013. Industrial hemp industry development provided for, rulemaking authorized, defense provided for possession and cultivation of industrial hemp, and marijuana definition modified. Referred to the Agriculture Policy Committee on 2/20/2013.
Missouri had a hemp farming bill, SB 358, introduced on 2/20/2013. This act exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than one percent THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, this act specifies that it is legal for any person who has not been convicted of any drug-related offense to grow and cultivate industrial hemp. Under this act, the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove that a substance is industrial hemp and not a controlled substance.
New Hampshire had an industrial hemp definition bill, HB 153, introduced on 1/3/2013. The bill simply states that "Industrial hemp shall not be designated as a controlled substance." Passed the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 17 to 2, Ought to Pass (OTP) on 2/19/2013.
New Jersey had an industrial hemp farming bill, A2415, introduced on 2/6/2012. Also, a resolution, AR54, urging the President and Congress to enact the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment was introduced 2/6/2012. Both bills are carried over from 2012.
Vermont had a bill, S 29, which amends the state's hemp farming law introduced on 1/15/2013. This bill proposes to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to issue a license to grow industrial hemp pursuant to current Vermont statute. Also, H 490, which amends the state's hemp farming law was introduced on 3/1/2013.
Washington had an industrial hemp study bill, SB 5222, introduced on 1/23/2013. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state. Also, an industrial hemp farming bill, HB 1888, was introduced on 2/14/2013.
West Virginia had an industrial hemp farming bill, HB 3011, introduced on 3/20/2013. Removes the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed.

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. Please see our Federal Legislation page for much more information.

2012 Legislative Session - U.S. State
Colorado had a bill, HB12-1099, to authorize an industrial hemp remediation pilot program to study phytoremediation introduced on 1/18/2012. Signed by Governor on 6/4/2012.
Hawaii had a trio of hemp bills introduced this session. SB 2890 was introduced on 1/25/2012, HB 1820 was introduced on 1/18/2012, and HB 1727 was introduced on 1/18/2012, too. All three bills died in committee.
Illinois had a hemp farming bill, HB 5757, introduced on 2/16/2012.
Kentucky also had a trio of hemp bills introduced this session. HB 286 was introduced on 1/19/2012; HB 272 was introduced on 1/18/2012; and SB 41 was introduced on 1/3/2012. HB 286 was introduced at the urging of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and has the backing of numerous legislators and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The bills had no action taken on them. We expect this lack of legislative action to change next year because of the work of the Kentucky Hemp Commission and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
New Hampshire had an industrial hemp definition bill, HB 1615, introduced on 1/4/2012. A public hearing will be held on 2/7/2012. Also, a resolution urging the federal government to allow the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes, HR 20, was introduced 1/4/2012. A public hearing was be held on 1/17/2012. HB 1615 passed the House and was held over for interim study by the Senate. HR 20 was passed by the House the House clerk forwarded copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, the attorney general of the United States, the administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, and to each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.
New Jersey had an industrial hemp farming bill, A2415, introduced on 2/6/2012. Also, a resolution, AR54, urging the President and Congress to enact the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment was introduced 2/6/2012.
New Mexico had an industrial hemp farming bill, HB 62, introduced on 1/13/12. It died in committee.
Vermont had an industrial hemp amendment added to a bill, H. 747, which was introduced on 2/1/2012. The bill took three months to pass both houses of the legislature, which allowed the needed time to add the hemp amendment, and was signed by Governor Shumlin on 5/5/2012.
Voter initiatives were passed in Colorado, Amendment 64, and Washington, Initiative 502, that define hemp as distinct from marijuana under state law. Vote Hemp endorsed the hemp language in Amendment 64 and is looking forward to working with hemp supporters, state legislators, and farmers to get hemp planted in the very near future. The Colorado legislature is now tasked with creating enabling legislation to regulate hemp farming and is expected to do so in 2013. Vote Hemp plans to help fund a lobbyist to assist in getting legislation passed which represents the best interests of farmers and businesses.

112th Congress - U.S. Federal
Two federal hemp bills were introduced in Congress in the 112th Congress. H.R. 1831, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011," was introduced in the U.S. House on May 12, 2011 and S. 3501, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2012," was introduced in the U.S. Senate on 8/2/2012. The bills exclude industrial hemp 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. Neither bill received committee hearings or floor votes in the 112th Congress. Both bills are expected to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress in early to mid 2013. 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.

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STATE INDUSTRIAL HEMP LEGISLATION
State
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Session
Year
Bill Number
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Current Status
California
2013
SB 566, an act to add Division 24 (commencing with Section 81000) to, and to repeal Section 81003 of, the Food and Agricultural Code, and to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13. AB 1137, an act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/22/13.
Colorado
2013
Concerning the creation of a program in the Department of Agriculture to regulate industrial hemp production. Introduced in the Senate on 4/1/2013.
Hawaii
2013
SB 695 allows private funded industrial hemp research to be conducted under certain conditions, etc. Introduced on 1/18/2013. HB 154 is an industrial hemp remediation pilot program bill and HR 6 and HCR 3 are resolutions directed towards the President and the state's Congressional delegation.
Illinois
2013
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Introduced, first reading, and referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/21/2013.
Indiana
2013
SB 580 authorizes the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in accordance with rules adopted by the department of agriculture. (Bill has many drug policy components as well.) 1/15/2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections & Criminal Law.
SR 31, urging to study the legalization of growing industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/14/2013.
Iowa
2013
An Act providing for the production and marketing of industrial hemp, and providing for penalties. Introduced and referred to Agriculture committee on 2/26/2013.
Kentucky
2013
SB 50 was introduced on 1/11/2013 and and HB 33 was introduced on 1/8/2013. These bills have the support of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Hemp Commission, some of the Kentucky Congressional delegation, and group of bipartisan state legislators.
Maine
2013
This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant's fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government.
Maryland
2013
This bill removes the requirements that an applicant for an initial license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes must submit a set of the applicant's fingerprints and file with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry documentation indicating that the seeds planted were a type and variety of hemp approved by the commissioner and also repeals the provision that licensure is contingent upon action by the Federal Government.
Massachusetts
2013
An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. Introduced 1/22/2013. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1/22/2013.
Minnesota
2013
Industrial hemp industry development provided for, rulemaking authorized, defense provided for possession and cultivation of industrial hemp, and marijuana definition modified. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture Policy Committee on 2/20/2013.
Missouri
2013
This act exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than one percent THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, this act specifies that it is legal for any person who has not been convicted of any drug-related offense to grow and cultivate industrial hemp. Under this act, the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove that a substance is industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Introduced and Read First Time on 2/20/2013.
New Hampshire
2013
This bill prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance. Introduced 1/3/2013. Passed the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 17 to 2, Ought to Pass (OTP) on 2/19/2013.
New Jersey
2013
A2415 establishes an industrial Hemp license. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
AR54 urges President and Congress to enact "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Both bills are carried over from 2012.
Vermont
2013
S 29, an Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. This bill proposes to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to issue a license to grow industrial hemp pursuant to current Vermont statute. Introduced in the Senate on 1/15/2013. H 490, an Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. Introduced in the House on 3/1/2013.
Washington
2013
SB 5222 - An Act Relating to industrial hemp; and creating new sections. Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state. Introduced 1/23/2013. HB 1888 - An Act Relating to industrial hemp; adding a new chapter to Title; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties. Introduced 1/14/2013.
West Virginia
2013
Removes the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed. Introduced on 3/20/2013.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Colorado
2012
Concerning the establishment of an industrial hemp remediation pilot program to study phytoremediation through the growth of hemp on contaminated soil. Introduced in House on 1/18/2012. Signed by Governor on 6/4/2012.
Hawaii
2012
Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions. Introduced on 1/25/2012, 1/18/2012, and 1/18/2012. All three bills died in Committee.
Illinois
2012
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act of 2012. Contains only a short title provision. Introduced, first reading, and referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/16/2012.
Kentucky
2012
HB 286 is an act relating to industrial hemp. It differs from HB 272 and SB 41 in that it amends KRS 260.857 to make the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture the chair of the commission. Introduced in House 1/19/2012; to Agriculture & Small Business (H) 1/20/2012.
HB 272 is an act relating to industrial hemp. Introduced in House 1/18/2012; to Agriculture & Small Business (H) 1/20/2012.
SB 41 is an act relating to industrial hemp. Introduced in Senate; to Agriculture (S) 1/3/2012. The bills had no action taken on them.
New Hampshire
2012
HB 1615 is a bill that prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance. Introduced 1/4/2012.
HR 20 is a resolution that urges the federal government to allow the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. Introduced 1/4/2012. HB 1615 passed the House and was held over for interim study by the Senate. HR 20 passed.
New Jersey
2012
A2415 establishes an industrial Hemp license. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
AR54 urges President and Congress to enact "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011" and each NJ member of Congress to sponsor the legislation and work for its enactment. Introduced 2/6/2012. Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
New Mexico
2012
Relating to economic development; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Santhica; establishing fees and revenues; providing for administrative monitoring. Introduced 1/13/12. Died in Committee.
Vermont
2012
An act relating to cigarette manufacturers, commercial cigarette rolling machines, and industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/1/2012. Signed by Governor Shumlin on 5/5/2012.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
California
2011
An Act relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/18/11. Passed the Senate on a vote of 22 to 14 on 5/31/2011.
Illinois
2011
HB 1383 is a bill that creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.
Introduced on 2/9/2011. Referred to the House Rules Committee on 2/14/2011. Assigned to the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee 2/15/11. Do Pass / Short Debate by a vote of 11-2 on 3/1/2011. Lost by a vote of 028-083-000 on 3/31/2011.
HR 271 is a resolution that urges the President, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration, the United States Attorney General, and all other relevant agencies of the executive branch of the United States government to take immediate steps to remove barriers that prevent Illinois and other American farmers from growing industrial hemp. The resolution lost on a vote of 021-092-000 on 5/31/2011.
Kentucky
2011
An Act relating to industrial hemp. Introduced 1/4/2011. Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Massachusetts
2011
An Act regulating the cultivation of Industrial Hemp. Introduced 1/21/2011. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1/24/2011. Hearing scheduled for 10/18/2011 from 10:00 AM-03:00 PM in 437.
Minnesota
2011
Hemp industry development and regulation provided, rulemaking authorized, defense for possession and cultivation of industrial hemp provided, and definition of marijuana modified. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance on 2/28/2011.
New Hampshire
2011
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced 1/5/2011. Referred to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Public Hearing was held on 1/18/2011 at 2:00 PM, LOB 303. Executive Session was held on 1/25/2011 at 1:00 PM, LOB 308. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for Feb 2 (Vote 11-7; RC) on 1/25/2011. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC (Motion Adopted, Regular Calendar) by a vote of 304-51 on 2/9/2011, thus the bill is dead.
New Mexico
2011
Relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of industrial hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Introduced 2/17/11. Died in Committee.
Oregon
2011
Relating to industrial hemp. Creates rebuttable presumption that person convicted of violating controlled substance laws is unfit to receive or hold industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp production permit. 2-7(H) First reading. Referred to the desks of the Co-Speakers. 2-14(H) Referred to Judiciary. 6-30(H) In committee upon adjournment.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Colorado
2010
Concerning the recognition of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity, and, in connection therewith, urging Congress to clarify the federal definition of industrial hemp, facilitate domestic production of industrial hemp, and remove barriers to state regulation of the production of industrial hemp. Introduced in House on 4/23/10. Passed in House on 5/5/10. Introduced in Senate on 5/6/10. Passed in Senate as amended on 5/12/10.
Kentucky
2010
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define "department," "industrial hemp," and "THC"; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff's department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law. (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).) To: Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture 11/4/09. Introduced in Senate 1/5/10. Referred to Senate Agriculture committee 1/6/10.
Michigan
2010
A resolution to memorialize Congress and the administration to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to take certain steps to remove barriers in order to encourage the commercial production of this crop. Introduced by Representative LaMar Lemmons on 7/28/10. Referred to Committee on Commerce on 7/28/10.
Minnesota
2010
Omnibus agriculture and veterans policy bill. (Includes authorization for an Industrial Hemp Report.) Introduced, first reading and referred to Finance Committee on 2/22/10. As this was an omnibus bill, extensive ammendments were made. Passed by the House, passed by the Senate. Signed by the Governor on 5/13/10. Secretary of State, Chapter 333 on 5/13/10.
Wisconsin
2010
An Act to renumber and amend 961.55 (8); and to create 20.115 (7) (gc), 94.55, 961.32 (3) and 961.55 (8) (b) of the statutes; relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Introduced on 2/11/10. Read first time and referred to committee on Agriculture on 2/11/10. Public hearing held on 2/24/10. Fiscal estimate received on 3/3/10. Report passage recommended by committee on Agriculture, Ayes 6, Noes 5 on 4/20/10. Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on 4/28/10.
Wisconsin
2010
Carried over from 2009. An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp. Introduced 4/14/09. Assembly substitute amendment 1 offered by Representatives Molepske Jr., Garthwaite, Vruwink and Danou on 1/20/10. Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on 4/28/10.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Hawaii
2009
Provides the authority, procedures, and licensing, related to the production of industrial hemp in the State. Pending introduction on 1/23/09. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/26/09. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees on 1/26/09. The bill was heard by the Agriculture Committee on 2/6/09 and the committee recommends that the measure be deferred.
Kentucky
2009
AN ACT relating to industrial hemp. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 260 to define "department," "industrial hemp," and "THC"; require persons wanting to grow or process industrial hemp to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture; require criminal history checks by local sheriff; require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of the Act; require sheriff to monitor and randomly test industrial hemp fields; assess a fee of $5 per acre for every acre of industrial hemp grown, with a minimum fee of $150, to be divided equally between the Department of Agriculture and the appropriate sheriff's department; require licensees to provide the Department of Agriculture with names and addresses of any grower or buyer of industrial hemp and copies of any contracts the licensee may have entered into relating to the industrial hemp; clarify that the Act does not authorize any person to violate federal law. Introduced in Senate 2/12/09. Referred to Senate Agriculture Committee 2/23/09.
Maine
2009
Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed on 3/5/09. The Resolve was Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 3/5/09. Senate Action: Under suspension of the Rules On motion by Senator Nutting of Androscoggin, Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and ordered printed, in concurrence on 3/5/09. Public hearing held on 4/6/09 and work session on 4/8/09. Committee vote "Ought Not to Pass" on 4/8/09 (in deference to LD 1159). Committee Report "Ought Not to Pass" on 4/13/09. Senate Action: Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD) on 4/15/09.
Maine
2009
An Act Relating to Industrial Hemp. This bill allows a person to grow industrial hemp if that person holds a license issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources and the hemp is grown under a federal permit in compliance with the conditions of that permit. Last House Action: Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed on 3/25/09. The Bill was Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on 3/25/09. Last Senate Action: Under suspension of the Rules On motion by Senator Nutting of Androscoggin, Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and ordered printed, in concurrence on 3/25/09. Public hearing held on 4/6/09 and work session on 4/8/09. Committee vote "Anticipated Divided Report" on 4/8/09. Committee Report, Majority: Ought To Pass as Amemded, Minority: Ought Not To Pass by a vote of 10 to 1 on 5/22/09. The Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was Accepted. The Bill was Read Once on 5/26/09. The Bill was Read the Second Time and Passed To Be Engrossed as Amended, Sent for concurrence and Ordered Sent Forthwith on 5/27/09. Signed by Governor Baldacci on 6/9/09.
Minnesota
2009
Industrial hemp industry development and regulation provided, possession and cultivation of industrial hemp defense provided, and marijuana definition modified. Introduced, first reading and referred to Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee on 2/9/09.
Missouri
2009
This bill defines "industrial hemp" as cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 1% tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and exempts it from the varieties of cannabis that are classified as controlled substances. Any person who has not been convicted of any felony offense or misdemeanor drug-related offense may legally grow and cultivate industrial hemp. When a person is charged with possession of a controlled substance and he or she claims the substance was industrial hemp, the burden of proof will be on the defendant to prove that the substance was industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Introduced and Read First Time on 3/31/09. Read Second Time on 4/1/09.
Montana
2009
Resolution urging Congress to legalize industrial hemp. Introduced, first reading and referred to Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee on 2/7/09. Committee hearing held on 2/17/09. Third Reading and Passed the Senate by a vote of 48 to 1 on 2/23/09. Transmitted to the House on 2/23/09. Referred to House Agriculture Committee on 2/24/09. Committee hearing held on 3/17/2009. Third Reading and Passed the House by a vote of 89 to 11 on 4/02/09. Signed by Senate President on 4/3/09. Signed by House Speaker on 4/6/09. Filed with the Secretary of State on 4/6/09.
New Hampshire
2009
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 1/8/09. Referred to the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Public hearing held on 2/5/2009. Subcommittee work session held on 2/10/09. Executive session held on 2/19/09 with a Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for Mar 4 RC (vote 9-8) and a Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass. Floor date 3/4/09.
New Mexico
2009
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to investigate the feasibility of state incentives for commercialization of industrial hemp. Companion bill to SM 30. Introduced 2/19/09. Passed the House by a vote of 44-23 on the 32nd Legislative Day. Signed on the 33rd Legislative Day.
New Mexico
2009
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to investigate the feasibility of state incentives for commercialization of industrial hemp. Companion bill to HM 47. Introduced 2/16/09. Passed the Senate by a vote of 25-12 and Signed on the 47nd Legislative Day.
New Mexico
2009
Industrial Hemp Farming Act. An act relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Industrial Hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Companion bill to SB 377. Introduced 1/28/09.
New Mexico
2009
Industrial Hemp Farming Act. An act relating to agriculture; providing for licensing the growing, selling and processing of Industrial Hemp; establishing fees; providing penalties; making an appropriation. Companion bill to HB 403. Introduced 1/28/09.
North Dakota
2009
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.
North Dakota
2009
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.
Oregon
2009
Permits production and possession of industrial hemp and trade in industrial hemp commodities and products. Introduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk on 3/3/09. Referred to Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee on 3/9/09. Public Hearing held on 3/26/09. Click here to listen to the Public Hearing for SB 676 (mp3 audio 54:40, 49 MB). Work Session held on 4/14/09 and 4/21/09. Recommendation: Do Pass with amendments (Printed A-Eng), Referred to Ways and Means by order of the President and Assigned to Subcommittee On Natural Resources on 5/5/09. Public Hearing held on 5/13/09. Work Session held and Returned to Full Committee on 6/4/09. Work Session held on 6/9/09. Recommendation: Do pass with amendments to the A-Eng. bill, (Printed B-Eng.) on 6/16/09.
Vermont
2009
A joint resolution in support of Act 212 of 2008. The General Assembly urges Congress to Recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration allow the states to regulate industrial hemp farming without federal applications, licenses or fees. Senate: Read first time & placed on action calendar per Rule 51 on 3/27/09. Adopted on the part of the Senate on 4/14/09. House: Read First time, treated as a bill and referred to committee on Agriculture on 4/15/09.
Wisconsin
2009
An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp. Introduced 4/14/09. Read first time and referred to committee on Rural Economic Development on 4/14/09. Carried over to 2010.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
California
2008
An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/21/07. Passed out of the General Assembly on 5/10/07 by a vote of 41 to 29. Passed the Senate by a vote of 26-13 on 9/11/2007. In the Assembly the concurrance vote was 46-29 on 9/12/2007. Vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on 10/11/07. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
Hawaii
2008
Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees. Carried over from 2007.
Minnesota
2008
Introduced on 3/19/07. There is companion bill in the Senate, SF 3537. In committee on adjournment on 5/18/08; thus died in committee.
South Carolina
2008
A Joint Resolution to create a committee to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, to provide for the study committee's membership, and to require that the study committee report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before January 15, 2008, at which time the study committee is abolished. Introduced in the House and read for the first time on 1/17/07. Recalled from Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/10/08. Carried over from 2007.
Vermont
2008
This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont. Introduced on 2/9/07. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. Carried over from 2007. Passed the House by a vote of 126 to 9 on 2/7/08 and passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 1 on 5/1/08. Allowed to become law by Governor Douglas without his signature on 5/29/08.
Wisconsin
2008
An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp. Introduced 3/5/2007. Carried over from 2007. Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on 3/21/08.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
California
2007
An act to amend Section 11018 of, and to add Section 11018.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp. Introduced on 2/21/07. Passed out of the General Assembly on 5/10/07 by a vote of 41 to 29. Passed the Senate by a vote of 26-13 on 9/11/2007. In the Assembly the concurrance vote was 46-29 on 9/12/2007. Vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on 10/11/07.
Hawaii
2007
Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees.
Idaho
2007
RS 16621
Resolution asking the U.S. Congress to legalize hemp farming. Killed in the House Agricultural Affairs Committee by a 6-4 vote on 1/30/07.
New Hampshire
2007
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 1/4/07. Passed House on 4/5/07 on a 190-76 vote. Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee voted Inexpedient to Legislate, 5-1 on 5/3/07. Killed in the Senate on a voice vote 5/10/07.
New Mexico
2007
A memorial requesting the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to study the viability of a legal hemp industry; urging Congress to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and to take certain other actions. Passed House 59-2 on 3/5/07. Signed 3/6/07. Official bill status abbreviations: [31] HAGC [36] DP/a [39] PASSED/H (59-2) [40] SGND.
North Dakota
2007
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.
North Dakota
2007
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 3/5/07. Filed with Secretary of State 3/6/07.
North Dakota
2007
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 4/27/07. Filed with Secretary of State 4/30/07.
North Dakota
2007
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.
North Dakota
2007
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.
Minnesota
2007
Introduced on 3/19/07. First reading and referred to Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs committee.
Oregon
2007
Allows hemp farming under state license. Introduced on 1/12/07. Referred to the committee on Environment and Natural Resources and then Ways and Means on 1/18/07. Public hearing held in the Senate Environment and Land Use Committee on 4/24/07. In committee upon adjournment on 6/28/07; thus died in committee.
South Carolina
2007
A Joint Resolution to create a committee to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, to provide for the study committee's membership, and to require that the study committee report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before January 15, 2008, at which time the study committee is abolished. Introduced in the House and read for the first time on 1/17/07.
Vermont
2007
This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont. Introduced on 2/9/07. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. Hearings on Wednesday, April 25 - Friday, April 27, 2007.
Wisconsin
2007
An Act relating to: creating a committee to study the uses of industrial hemp. Introduced 3/5/2007. Referred to committee on Rural Economic Development. Public hearing on April 18, 2007 at 1:00 PM in Room 328 Northwest, State Capitol.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
California
2006
Amends sections of the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp, and defines the plant as distinct from marijuana. Held over from 2005 (see below). Heard on 1/10/06 before the Assembly Public Safety Committee (passed 4 to 2) and on 1/18/06 before the Assembly Appropriations Committee (passed 13 to 3). Passed out of the General Assembly on 1/26/06 by a vote of 44 to 32. Then made it out of a couple Senate Committees and passed out of the full Senate on 8/16/06 by a vote of 26 to 13. Passed out of the Assembly again on a concurrence vote (for Senate amendments) of 44 to 29 on 8/21/06. Enrolled and sent to the Governor on 9/5/06 for his signature. Vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on 9/30/06.
North Carolina
2006
Creates an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp. Introduced on 5/17/06 and referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations on 5/18/06. Incorporated into H 1723, "The Studies Act of 2006," on 7/27/06. Signed and passed into law by Gov. Easley on 8/16/06.
Vermont
2006
Allows hemp farming under state license. Held over from 2005 (see below). Introduced on 3/8/05 and referred to and considered by the House Agriculture Committee. Public hearings held on 2/14, 2/16, 2/22, 2/23 & 3/16/06. Died in committee.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
2005
Amends sections of the Health and Safety Code, relating to industrial hemp, and defines the plant as distinct from marijuana. Introduced on 2/22/05 and heard on 4/27/05 before the Agriculture Committee. Held over until 2006.
New Hampshire
2005
Establishes an industrial hemp special program fund. Introduced on 12/1/04. Passed the House on 3/23/05 by a margin of 199-168 after coming out of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. Heard by the Senate Environment and Wildlife Committee on 4/19/05. The Senate status of "Inexpedient to Legislate" indicates no further action will be taken on this bill (in other words, it's dead).
North Dakota
2005
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 and passed into law by Gov. Hoeven on 3/9/05.
2005
Allows hemp farming under state license. Introduced on 1/13/05 and referred to the Environment & Land Use Committee, then to the Ways and Means Committee on 1/19/05. Public hearing held in the Senate Environment and Land Use Committee on 4/6/05. In committee upon adjournment on 8/5/05; thus died in committee.
Vermont
2005
Allows hemp farming under state license. Introduced on 3/8/05 and sent to the House Agriculture Committee. Held over until 2006.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
New Hampshire
2004
Authorizes the production of industrial hemp. Introduced on 1/15/04, but no vote taken.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Iowa
2003
Died in committee.
Maine
2003
Passed into law on 4/18/03.
New Hampshire
2003
Authorizes the production of industrial hemp, but passed over (no action taken).
Oregon
2003
Permits regulated production of industrial hemp, but passed over (no action taken).
Vermont
2003
Introduced on 3/18/03 and sent to the Senate Agriculture Committee. No committee hearings were found where this bill was considered. Died in committee.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Arizona
2002
Passed in the House Education Committee, but no action taken.
California
2002
Passed on 8/15/02, but vetoed by Gov. Davis on 9/15/02.
Hawaii
2002
Passed into law.
Minnesota
2002
Died in committee.
Died in committee.
Maine
2002
Died between houses.
New Mexico
2002
Died in committee.
South Dakota
2002
Voter initiative which failed to pass, as only 39% voted in favor.
Vermont
2002
Died in committee.
West Virginia
2002
Passed into law.
Wisconsin
2002
Passed by the Agriculture Committee, but died in the Rules Committee.
State
Session
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Arizona
2001
Passed on 4/19/01, but vetoed by Gov. Hull on 4/25/01.
California
2001
Died in Assembly committee.
Idaho
2001
Killed in the House by a 47-15 vote.
Hawaii
2001
Passed into law.
Illinois
2001
Passed into law, but vetoed by Gov. Ryan twice despite changes to meet his objections.
Iowa
2001
SF 61 died in the Senate Agriculture Committee; HF 202 died in the House Agriculture Committee.
Kentucky
2001
Passed into law and signed by Gov. Patton.
Montana
2001
Passed into law and signed by Gov. Martz on 4/23/01.
Nebraska
2001
Died in House committee.
New Hampshire
2001
Died in House committee.
New Mexico
2001
Died in House committee.
North Dakota
2001
Passed into law.
Oregon
2001
SB 531 died in Senate committee.
HB 3227 died in House committee.
South Dakota
2001
Voted down in Senate committee.
Vermont
2001
Deferred to 2002.
Virginia
2001
Passed into law.
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Illinois
2000
Passed into law.
Iowa
2000
SF 2413 died in the Senate Appropriations Committee; HF 320 died in the House Agriculture Committee.
Kentucky
2000
Legislative session ended with no action.
Maryland
2000
The bill established a 4 1/2 year pilot program to study the growth and marketing of industrial hemp. Passed into law and signed by Gov. Glendening.
New Hampshire
2000
HB 239 died in committee; HJR 25 deemed "Inexpedient to Legislate" (thus died in the Senate).
New Mexico
2000
Died in House committee.
Vermont
2000
Passed into law.
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Arkansas
1999
Passed into law.
California
1999
Passed into law.
Hawaii
1999
Passed into law.
Hawaii
1999
Passed into law.
Hawaii
1999
Passed into law.
Illinois
1999
Passed into law.
Iowa
1999
SF 340 died in the Senate Appropriations Committee; HF 402 died in the House Agriculture Committee.
Minnesota
1999
SF 122 passed in the Senate; companion bill HF 1238 died in House committee; HF 64 also died in House committee.
Montana
1999
Resolution passed by both houses of the legislature.
North Dakota
1999
Passed into law.
Passed into law.
Tennessee
1999
Died in committee.
Virginia
1999
Passed into law.
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Kansas
1998
Died in committee.
Missouri
1998
Died in committee.
New Mexico
1998
Passed both houses, but vetoed by Gov. Johnson.
New Hampshire
1998
Died in committee.
Vermont
1998
"Resolution as Adopted." Sent to the DEA and Congressional delegation.
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Missouri
1997
Passed in the Senate, but voted down on the House floor after the DEA lobbied against it.
Missouri
1997
Died in committee.
North Dakota
1997
Passed into law.
Oregon
1997
Died in committee.
Virginia
1997
Passed over in the Rules Committee (no action taken).
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Colorado
1996
SB 67
Passed in the Senate, but failed in the House Agriculture Committee after the DEA lobbied against it.
Missouri
1996
Died in committee.
Missouri
1996
Died in committee.
Vermont
1996
"As Enacted into Law." Gov. Dean did not sign the bill, nor did he veto it.
State
Year
Bill Number
Current Status
Colorado
1995
SB 132
Failed in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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