Thank you for your interest in the North Dakota Industrial Hemp Program. We are in the process of compiling data for the 2018 Research Summary and will post that information shortly. Currently the ND Pilot Program is authorized and regulated by the 2014 Farm Bill and by the ND Century Code.
With the pending approval and changes coming for industrial hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill we are closely watching for its final passage and will be seeking to update the ND century code to reflect those changes in during the 2019 legislative session. We are going to delay licensing for 2019 until NDDA can adjust to the guidance from the 2018 Farm Bill. In general, we anticipate that there will be a license required through the state, fees, and background checks. As soon as we have a plan in place, we will update this information. If you would like email updates on the current status, please subscribe to the industrial hemp list serv below.
Industrial Hemp Information
Industrial hemp includes varieties of Cannabis sativa that are intended for agricultural and industrial purposes. Industrial hemp is commercially grown in virtually every industrialized country in the world, except the United States. The special varieties are grown for their seed and fiber content, as well as byproducts. Industrial hemp fiber is used for textiles, rope, paper and building products. Hemp seed is used for food, feed and oil. Hemp oil is also the basis for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, inks, lubrication, household detergents, stain removers, varnishes, resins, and paints. Industrial hemp may even prove significant in the biofuel industry.
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
Federal law, specifically the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq, continues to prohibit the possession, cultivation, processing, or distribution of industrial hemp except for the limited purpose of agricultural or academic research conducted by a state department of agriculture or by an institution of higher education. 7 U.S.C. § 5940.
To avoid being in violation of Federal criminal law, a North Dakota industrial hemp pilot producer must be licensed in the state of ND and: (1) be part of an agricultural or academic research program conducted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture or by an institution of higher education; and/or (2) obtain annually a registration issued by the DEA.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) created the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program to research the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp in North Dakota. The purpose of the pilot program is to increase the understanding of how industrial hemp fits into the current agricultural landscape, and investigate how it may contribute to the economy of North Dakota.