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Industrial Hemp

The 108th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 regarding the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. The Act removes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the criminal code. The cultivation of industrial hemp is now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has promulgated regulations establishing a program of licensing authorized hemp producers.

The regulations are available at http://tn.gov/sos/rules_filings/01-06-15.pdf.

TDA is now accepting applications to grow industrial hemp this year. The application is available here.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS NOW CLOSED

Please complete the application in full. It is extremely important to include the particular cultivar you wish to use and the amount needed.

TDA will assist you getting the seed you need in compliance with the requirements of the DEA. Individuals are not permitted to import seed on their own.

Seed needs to be ordered as soon as possible to grow a crop this year.

As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project. In order to grow hemp all applicants must complete and sign the Memorandum of Understanding found here.

Please read and consider this document carefully. Return the signed document with your application. Your application will not be considered without a valid MOU.

Return applications to industrial.hemp@tn.gov or:

Industrial Hemp Program
Consumer and Industry Services Division
TN Department of Agriculture
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204


Sec. 7606. Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research contained in the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, which was signed into law Feb. 7, provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp for purposes of research by institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where it is legal. The interaction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the provisions of Sec. 7606 is a developing process. As TDA develops Tennessee's industrial hemp program every effort will be made to minimize the impact of federal law on potential hemp producers in Tennessee. At this time the importation of viable industrial hemp seed across state lines and country boundaries is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) without a permit from DEA. TDA has applied for an import permit from DEA and will assist producers in procuring seed legally.

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