The Farm Bill of 2014 legalized industrial hemp at the federal level. As a result, every state has the right to set up industrial hemp pilot programs through universities and/or the state’s department of agriculture. Thus far, only 30 states have taken advantage of the right that was granted them in the Farm Bill. Here, we discuss a little bit about each of the states that currently have industrial hemp legislation.
Yes, the state that produced Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a hemp pilot program. Representative Todd (D) introduced House Bill HB 487, which separated industrial hemp from marijuana in February 2014. Later that year, then-Governor Robert Bentley signed Carly’s Law. As a direct result, in 2015 the young lady who inspired Carly’s law got her first round of marijuana-derived CBD treatment.
On May 10, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed legislation that legalized a hemp pilot program in the state. Also in 2016, Representative Johnson (R) introduced HB 393 to the House, and Senators Bussman (R) and Singleton (D) introduced HB 347 to the Senate.
Alabama is pretty progressive, especially as far as southern states go, for having a hemp pilot program. However, there hasn’t been much progress growing hemp since the bills have been enacted.
Representative Hillman (R) introduced House Bill 1778, legalizing the state’s hemp pilot program. Without the governor’s signature, it was passed into law on April 7, 2017.
On February 2, 2018, Arkansas’s Hemp Association posted that progress for the state’s hemp pilot program is on standby until Governor Asa Hutchinson understands the implications and impact of establishing this type of program. As a result, the Arkansas State Plant Board is on their second draft defining the rules and regulations of the state’s program.
Now, one might assume that California has an operating hemp pilot program. However, you may be shocked to learn that they don’t have a state-run program. Currently, there are only two hemp-related bills that have been passed into law.
On January 1, 2014, The Food and Agriculture Code (FAC) Section 81001 was established to help the California Department of Food and Agriculture advise the CDFA and make recommendations pertaining to the cultivation of industrial hemp, including seed law and regulations, annual budgets, and the setting of an assessment rate. On November 8, 2016, California’s state…