Hemp Research & Pilot Programs Authorized In Sec. 7606
Of The Farm Bill
On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2013 into law. Section 7606 of
the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defines industrial hemp as distinct from
marijuana and authorizes institutions of higher education or state department's of agriculture in
states that legalized hemp cultivation to regulate and conduct research and pilot programs.
What Is Industrial Hemp And How Is It Defined In The Farm Bill?
Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, genetically distinct varieties of the
plantCannabis sativa. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug. Section 7606 of the
Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as "the plantCannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant,
whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3
percent on a dry weight basis."
What Is The Purpose Of Section 7606?
The U.S. House passed the hemp amendment to the Farm Bill in order to allow pilot programs
and research to begin on industrial hemp and determine whether hemp farming would be
beneficial for American farmers and businesses.
Legislation Legalizing Hemp Included In Senate Farm Bill 2018
Legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity is being included in the Senate's farm bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Friday, June 8, 2018 that he had gotten his
hemp legislation included in the Senate's mammoth agricultural bill.
"Securing the Hemp Farming Act as part of the 2018 Farm Bill has been a top priority of mine. … I look forward
to continuing to work with my Senate colleagues on this and many other issues important to Kentucky
agriculture as we move towards consideration of the Farm Bill," McConnell said in a statement.
McConnell, as well as Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), introduced
their hemp legislation as a stand-alone bill in April. It now has the support of more than one-fourth of the
The bill would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold
as an agricultural commodity.
It would also allow states to regulate hemp, as well as allow hemp researchers to apply for grants from the
Agriculture Department and make hemp farmers eligible for crop insurance, according to McConnell's office.
"Our bipartisan legislation strikes America’s outdated anti-hemp laws from the books so American consumers
can buy products made with hemp grown in America," Wyden added.