Industrial Hemp

As a results of the Maryland HB 698 (2018) and the 2014 Farm Bill, the department has established the Maryland Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

The purpose of the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is to authorize and facilitate the research of industrial hemp and any aspect of growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting, marketing, or selling industrial hemp for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes.

This program requires farmers partner with institutes of higher education to grow industrial hemp under a research program. Industrial hemp may not be grown in Maryland for general commercial activity, only as part of a research project. ​Farmers will be allowed to sell their crop for profit at the end of the growing season. Maryland currently does not limit acres or number of application for this pilot program.


Industrial hemp regulations were published in the Maryland Register on January 18, 2019. The Maryland Department of Agriculture will adopt these regulations on January 28, 2019 and will begin accepting applications for research projects.


Growers MUST apply to the Maryland Department of Agriculture to register the site where they plan to grow hemp.


The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s role with industrial hemp is limited to the registration of sites where industrial hemp is to be grown. 


The Maryland Department of Agriculture does not have jurisdiction over the processing, sale, or distribution of industrial hemp. The department does not have referrals or market information at this time.


Have more questions about Maryland's Indutrial Hemp Research Pilot Program?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page


How do I get started growing industrial hemp in Maryland?

Visit our Getting Started fact sheet


How can I apply to grow industrial hemp with the department?

Start by filling out an application


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