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.
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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