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Industrial Hemp Still Illegal To Cultivate In Maryland

Paul Goeringer

This post is not legal advice

            The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill allows for the cultivating industrial hemp only in states that have developed a pilot program for a college, university, or another state department of agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes (§ 5940).  Since the 2014 Farm Bill’s passage, many states have jumped on board and begun to develop pilot programs to study industrial hemp production (NCSL, 2016).  The country has not had industrial hemp production since the 1950s, and information is needed before changing federal and state laws to allow industrial hemp production.

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