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Hemp is a multi-purpose agricultural crop delivering seeds, fibers and bio-active chemicals for a number of uses and markets. Industrial hemp is defined in federal and Montana statute as Cannabis sativa L. that contains no more than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Industrial hemp is authorized as an alternative agricultural crop by the Montana Legislature, Section 80-18-101 through 80-18-111 of Montana Code Annotated.

This law provides a framework for commercial industrial hemp production in Montana following approval by the federal government. Provisions added to the 2014 Farm Bill (Section 7606) defined industrial hemp under federal law and recognized state agricultural departments' authority to develop research pilot programs to study the growth, cultivation, and/or marketing of industrial hemp.

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has proposed rules for the Montana Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. The proposed rules can be viewed online on the Secretary of State's website.

To comment on the prosed rules, concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing on February 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 225 of the Scott Hart Building, 302 N. Roberts, Helena, Montana. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to:

Cort Jensen
Department of Agriculture
302 N. Roberts, P.O. Box 200201
Helena, Montana, 59620-0201
Phone : (406) 444-3144
Fax : (406) 444-5409
E-mail : agr@mt.gov

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., February 20, 2017.

MDA is in the process of developing application materials, pilot program procedures, and securing hemp seed for the 2017 growing season. Once the administrative rules process is completed, additional instructions and application materials will be posted on this website.