Industrial hemp is now legal in North Dakota, due to House Bill 1436 becoming law on Friday, August 1st.
House Bill 1436, which was approved by the Senate with a 46 to 1 vote, and by the House of Representatives with an 87 to 5 vote, was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple in March. The measure legalizes the production and cultivation of hemp, which is defined as having 0.3% THC or less. The measure establishes a regulatory framework allowing farmers wanting to grow the crop to become licensed with the state.
The new law includes a provision making it clear that approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) isn’t needed: “A license required by this section is not conditioned on or subject to review or approval by the United States drug enforcement agency.”
The measure also authorizes the state’s Department of Agriculture and North Dakota State University (as well as anyone else who becomes licensed to do so), to import, cultivate and resell hemp for the use of conducting research.