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State Hemp Study Bills

If you are a state legislator and would like more information on writing and passing a study bill like the ones below, please email us and we would be happy to help you. Please find more resources on writing study bills below.

Over the past fifteen years, many hemp study bills have been passed on the state level and more studies have been done on the state and national level on hemp farming and production in the U.S. whether or not legislation has been passed authorizing it.

The process for introducing and passing a hemp study on the state level is relatively straightforward. State legislators are familiar with this process. However, just like the process of introducing a resolution, introducing a study bill before a state legislature gives the sponsor(s) and supporrters the opportunity to educate fellow legislators about hemp. Introducing a resolution and/or a study bill on the state level can help gauge the degree of support a hemp farming bill might receive, and the education done for a resolution can help lay the groundwork for such a future bill.


State Hemp Study Bills

To date, 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.

Arkansas - 1999
SR 13
Hemp study bill. Passed into law.
Download the text of SR 13 here (PDF file 5k).

Maine - 2003
LD 53
Passed into law on 4/18/03.
Download the text of LD 53 as Amended here (PDF file 6k).

Minnesota - 2010
SF 2737
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 amendments were made. Passed by the House, passed by the Senate (click here for details). Signed by the Governor on 5/13/10. Secretary of State, Chapter 333 on 5/13/10.
Download the text of SF 2737 as Session Law: Chapter 333, here (PDF file 648k)

New Mexico - 2007
HM 49
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.
Read the text of HM 49 here (HTML).
Download the text of HM 49 as introduced here (PDF file 48k).
We have not been able to find any studies on hemp conducted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture as authorized by legislation or otherwise.

North Carolina - 2006
H 1723
"The Studies Act of 2006"
Creates an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, among other studies. Introduced on 5/11/05. Edition 5 of H 1723 incorporating S 1572 (see below) adopted and ratified on 7/27/06. Signed and passed into law by Gov. Easley on 8/16/06.
Download the text of H 1723 as Signed here (PDF file 181k).
We have not been able to find any studies on hemp conducted in North Carolina as authorized by legislation, nor do we believe that an independent commission to do the study was ever set up.

Vermont - 1996
H 783
As Enacted into Law.
Gov. Dean did not sign the bill, nor did he veto it.
Download the text of H 783 here (PDF file 3k).


Arkansas Reports & Studies

Feasibility of Industrial Hemp Production in Arkansas
By Mark J. Cochran, Tony E. Windham, Billy Moore
University of Arkansas, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Cooperative Extension Service.
May, 2000, 24 pages
(PDF file 68k)

Colorado Reports & Studies

Industrial Hemp as a Cash Crop for Colorado Farmers
Boulder Hemp Initiative Project
Nederland, CO
1994
Industrial Hemp as a Cash Crop for Colorado Farmers - HTML version
Industrial Hemp as a Cash Crop for Colorado Farmers - Acrobat version (PDF file 23k)

Hawaii Reports, Studies & Letters

Final Report - Hawaii Industrial Hemp Research Project
By David P. West, Ph.D.
2003, 4 pages
(PDF file 12k)

State Legislative Action for the Development of a Hemp Industry in the U.S.
A chart prepared for Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen that tracks the progress of hemp legislation in the United States
Updated May 3, 2001, 8 pages
(PDF file 20k)

Letter to Representative Cynthia Thielen
The March 30, 2001 letter from Toni P. Teresi (DEA Chief, Office of Congressional Affairs) to Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen. Clarifies the DEA's current position on the Proposed Hemp Rules "Use Of Marijuana For Industrial Purposes" and spells out the DEA's responsibilities under the Administrative Procedure Act with respect to Publication of Rules and Public Comment.
March 30, 2001, 2 pages
(PDF file 520k)

Letter to President Bush
The February 9, 2001 letter from a bi-partisan group of Hawaii legislators to President George W. Bush. The February 5, 2001 version of the "State Legislative Action for the Development of a Hemp Industry in the U.S." chart was sent along with the letter. Also enclosed was a copy of the April 7, 2000 letter from Hawaii Gov. Benjamin Cayetano to DEA Administrator Donnie Marshall.
February 9, 2001, 3 pages
(PDF file 468k)

Industrial Hemp [Cannabis sativa] - Economic Viability and Political Concerns
By Gertrude Roth-Li
Minority Research Staff, for Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii Legislature
April 17, 1996, 18 pages
(PDF file 28k)

Illinois Reports & Studies

Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force Report
Submitted to the Illinois House of Representatives
January 26, 2000
15 pages
Illinois Industrial Hemp Report (PDF file 116k)

Kentucky Reports & Studies

Economic Considerations for Growing Industrial Hemp: Implications for Kentucky's Farmers and Agricultural Economy
Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Kentucky
July, 2013, 25 pages
(PDF file 418k)

Industrial Hemp Production
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
January, 2013, 4 pages
(PDF file 332k)

Industrial Hemp – Legal Issues
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
September, 2012, 3 pages
(PDF file 459k)

Industrial Hemp
UK Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
New Crop Opportunities Center
October, 2009, 3 pages
(PDF file 348k)

Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky
By Dr. Eric C. Thompson, Dr. Mark C. Berger & Steven N. Allen
Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky
July, 1998, 75 pages
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky - HTML version
Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky - Acrobat version (PDF file 643k)

Hemp Support: The European Union Experience (Draft)
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
May, 2001, 11 pages
(PDF file 224k)

Industrial Hemp: Legislative Briefing
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
January, 2001, 3 pages
(PDF file 29k)

Industrial Hemp: Global Operations, Local Implications
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
July, 1998, 31 pages
(PDF file 262k)

Industrial Hemp: Global Markets and Prices
By Valerie L. Vantreese
University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics
January, 1997, 34 pages
(PDF file 301k)

Maine Reports & Studies

An Assessment of Industrial Hemp Production in Maine
Maine Agricultural Center
March, 2006
(PDF file 257k)

Minnesota Reports & Studies

2010 Industrial Hemp Report
Minnesota Law 2010, Chapter 333 – S.F. No. 2737, Art. 1, Sec. 37
Anthony Cortilet
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
December 2, 2010
10 pages
(PDF file 708k)

Genetic variation in hemp and marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) according to amplified fragment length polymorphisms
Datwyler, S. L. & G. D. Weiblen
Journal of Forensic Sciences (#51, pages 371-375, 2006)
(PDF file 96k)

Author's response to commentary on Datwyler and Weiblen
G. D. Weiblen
Journal of Forensic Sciences (November 2006, Vol. 51, No. 6)
(PDF file 28k)

Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) as a papermaking raw material in Minnesota: technical, economic and environmental considerations
Bowyer, J.
Department of Wood & Paper Science Report Series (May 2001, 50 pages)
Funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
(PDF file 245k)

Minnesota Grown Opportunities: Industrial Hemp
By D.G. Pfarr, M.G. Maxwell, K. Sannes, and K. Edberg.
A service of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, and the University of Minnesota to evaluate diversification options for Minnesota farms.
January 18, 2001. 7 pages
(PDF file 85K)

Missouri Reports & Studies

Hemp as a Crop for Missouri Farmers
By Richard Lawrence Miller
Report to the Agriculture Task Force, Missouri House of Representatives
Summer, 1991

New Mexico Reports & Studies

We have not been able to find any studies on hemp conducted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture as authorized by legislation or otherwise.

North Carolina Reports & Studies

We have not been able to find any studies on hemp conducted in North Carolina as authorized by legislation, nor do we believe that an independent commission to do the study was ever set up.

North Dakota Reports & Studies

Industrial Hemp: How the Classification of Industrial Hemp as Marijuana Under the Controlled Substances Act Has Caused the Dream of Growing Industrial Hemp in North Dakota to Go Up in Smoke
By Thomas A. Duppong
North Dakota Law Review
Volume 85, Number 2 (2009)
31 pages
(PDF file 228k)

Industrial Hemp as an Alternative Crop in North Dakota
Agricultural Economics Report No. 402
July 23, 1998
(PDF file 107k)

Oregon Reports & Studies

Feasibility of Industrial Hemp Production in the United States Pacific Northwest
By Daryl T. Ehrensing
Oregon State University, Department of Crop and Soil Science
Station Bulletin 681
May, 1998
Feasibility of Industrial Hemp - HTML version
Feasibility of Industrial Hemp - Acrobat version (PDF file 4.8MB)

Vermont Reports & Studies

Hemp
Vermont Legislative Research Shop
May 21, 2008
(PDF file 64k)

State Auditor's Report on the Domestic Cannabis Eradication
Suppression Program and the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Grant

Vermont State Auditor
January 16, 1998
Cannabis Eradication Report - Final Report - Acrobat version (PDF file 228k)
Cannabis Eradication Report - Vote Hemp archive - Acrobat version (PDF file 228k)

"In response to the April 18, 1997 request from the House Agriculture Committee, the State Auditor's Office has reviewed internal control and compliance by the Vermont Department of Public Safety over the federally-funded Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program (DCE/SP). The House Agriculture Committee also asked for a review of Vermont's 1996 and 1997 applications for the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Grant which is administered and funded by the federal Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA). I am today releasing the results of both of those reviews..."

Transmittal Letter, Executive Summary and Final Report are available in HTML and Word formats. Written by Edward S. Flanagan, State Auditor.

Viability of Industrial Hemp
Vermont Legislative Research Shop
January, 1997
Viability of Industrial Hemp - HTML version
Viability of Industrial Hemp - Acrobat version (PDF file 50k)

Wisconsin Reports, Studies & Letters

Is Industrial Hemp Worth Further Study in the U.S.? A Survey of the Literature
By T. Randall Fortenbery and Michael Bennett
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Staff Paper No. 443, July 2001, 40 pages
(PDF file 987k)

Market Analysis for Hemp Fiber as a Feed Stock
By Carl Houtman
USDA, FS, Forest Products Laboratory
1997. 5 pages
(PDF file 569k)

America's Hemp King
By Dennis Rens, Grandson of Matt Rens
1995
(HTML)

What about growing HEMP?

What about growing HEMP?
By A. H. Wright
Extension Service of the College of Agriculture
University of Wisconsin - Madison
November 1942, 8 pages
(PDF file 3.68MB)

Wisconsin's Hemp Industry
By A. S. Alexander
A history of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association. Part II: The Directorship of Harry Luman Russell: 1907-1930 (1935), Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Hemp Industry (HTML link)
Wisconsin's Hemp Industry (PDF file 268k)

Developing Wisconsin's Hemp Industry
By A. H. Wright
Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association: a quarter of a century of crop improvement in Wisconsin. Twenty-fifth annual report of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association (1927), Madison, Wisconsin, pages 34-36.
Developing Wisconsin's Hemp Industry (HTML link)
Developing Wisconsin's Hemp Industry (PDF file 648k)

Work of the Hemp Order
By A. H. Wright
Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association: nineteenth annual report of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association with seventh annual report of Alfalfa Order. Address of president, secretary's report and account of the association's activities in promoting progressive agriculture (1921), Madison, Wisconsin, pages 48-50.
Work of the Hemp Order (HTML link)
Work of the Hemp Order (PDF file 660k)

Report of the Hemp Order
By A. H. Wright
Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association: eighteenth annual report of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association with sixth annual report of Alfalfa Order. Address of president, secretary's report and account of the association's activities in promoting progressive agriculture (1920), Madison, Wisconsin, pages 39-40.
Report of the Hemp Order (HTML link)
Report of the Hemp Order (PDF file 444k)

The Wisconsin Hemp Order
By H. W. Albertz
Work of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association: with a brief description, history and adaptation of pure bred field crops grown by its members (1919), Madison, Wisconsin, pages 14-15.
The Wisconsin Hemp Order (HTML link)
The Wisconsin Hemp Order (PDF file 484k)


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