Year Passed: 2016
Summary: House Bill 443 permits the Department of Agriculture to authorize institutions of higher education to cultivate industrial hemp for academic research purposes. Members of the Senate voted 45 to zero in favor of the bill. Also establishes a license allowing individuals to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp in Maryland. The law took effect October 1st, 2016.
Members of Congress have approved language (Section 7606) in the omnibus federal Farm Bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant.
Statute: MD. CODE ANN. §14-101 (2016)