Tennessee’s status:

Tennessee's Dept. of Agriculture as well as institutions of higher education may proceed to develop programs to conduct research on hemp as an agricultural product by way of section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, i.e. the Farm Bill.

However, commercial hemp farming is still illegal by Federal law due to industrial hemp's categorization as a schedule 1 substance of the Controlled Substance Act. We need continued support on PRO industrial hemp legislation.

The TN Hemp Rules & Regulations Committee met in June and submitted comments to the proposed draft policies on July 3, 2014. We are currently waiting for a response to the comments & suggestions offered.

Next Event
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    2014 Hemp Lobby Day

    Capitol Hill. Various offices according to schedule. Register & Schedule meetings

A look at U.S. Hemp Growing in Kentucky
Remove industrial hemp from the CSA...Take Action!

Please take action & contact your Congressmen & women to urge their support for H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Also, please contact your Senators & urge their support for S.B. 359. These legislative initiatives seek to remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act and restore it as an agricultural commodity that may be grown by U.S. Farmers for the supply of our national market. In 2013, the U.S. imported $581 million worth of industrial hemp product. It's time to restore this crop.

“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 not immediately authorized by this new law. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is authorized to promulgate regulations establishing a program of licensing and registration of authorized hemp producers. The regulations are to be developed within 120 days of Act becoming law.” – TDA Website

TNHIA expresses gratitude to all that supported Tennessee’s hemp legislation and especially to the sponsors of H.B. 2445 (Primary: Rep. Faison, Co-Prime Sponsors: Rep. Casada, Rep. Miller, Rep. Holt, Rep. Hardaway, Rep. Sexton, Rep. Bailey, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Tidwell, Rep. Powell & Rep. Parkinson) & S.B. 2459 (Primary: Sen. Niceley, Co-Prime Sponsors: Sen. Bowling & Sen. Green). Thank you for your support!

“TDA’s goal is to develop reasonable rules and regulations that will allow for the cultivation of hemp beginning in 2015 and that will support the development of a viable industrial hemp industry for benefit of producers and processors. As in any proposed rulemaking, we will seek broad input from key stakeholders and subject matter experts, and will follow state procedures for providing public notification, receiving formal comments and holding a public hearing (to be determined). Care will be taken to implement a program that benefits hemp producers and yet protects the interests of the general public.” – TDA Website

DRAFT RULES & REGULATIONS

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.

For more information contact the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control or see the Application for Registration for Under Controlled Substance Act of 1970.

Tennessee Hemp Legislation
  • Hemp Legislation Introduced

    February 5, 2014 by Rep. Jeremy Faison & Sen. Frank Niceley

  • HB 2445 Passes House of Representatives

    March 31, 2014 | 88 - Ayes, 5 - Nays

  • SB 2459 Passes Senate

    April 9, 2014 | Unanimous Support | 29 - Ayes, 0 - Nays

  • Governor Haslam Signs SB 2459

    May 13, 2014 |

  • Hemp law - Public Chapter 916

    Became Tennessee State Law on May 21, 2014.

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    Colleen Sauve
    Executive Director

    “My passion is to change the course of history with the resurgence of a thriving industrial hemp economy.  A united network of farmers & business leaders is important to support this industry. This is a great restorative opportunity for the future of Tennessee with a positive impact on environment & economy.”

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    Clint Palmer
    Consultant & Legislative Liaison

    “My purpose is to assist farmers in pursuing industrial hemp as a new cash crop.  I offer industrial hemp education, practical methods & sustainable applications.  I also actively work with  the state’s elected officials to further pro-hemp legislation for Tennesseans.”

     

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