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. Rules were approved by the state legislature in April of 2015.
Please take action & contact your Congressmen & women to urge their support for H.R. 525 & S. 134 the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. 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 2014, the U.S. imported $620 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!
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.
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.
Timothy LanierBusiness Development
“I have been a business member of the TNHIA for more than a year. The Associations goals for growth and support of the state’s efforts can be actualized by engaging & connecting people. I’m here to help facilitate those connections. TNHIA’s monthly meetings provide great networking opportunities.”
“I am working to further progress for the state by engaging people at the local level but also by actively working to learn about the international market, exploring existing hemp industries globally.”
Colleen KeaheyFounder & Director
“Industrial hemp will become a very important crop for Tennessee with a positive impact on environment & economy. After serving as staff for another non-profit trade association, I believe Association work is an effective means to unite leadership as well as to support the developing hemp industry. I work for the membership to identify challenges and solutions and engage the state’s government to support our progress.”
Clint PalmerCultivation Consultant
“My purpose is to offer support and resources to farmers pursuing industrial hemp. I offer industrial hemp education, practical methods & sustainable applications. I participated as a cultivator during the inaugural planting season in the state. We faced many challenges, and I am committed to seeing this crop thrive.”
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