HB 2034 became effective on August 28, 2018. It exempts industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances, and creates an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to be implemented by the Department.

On July 18, 2018, the Missouri Department of Agriculture held a public listening session at which interested parties shared their input on the development of a pilot program in Missouri. This listening session was designed to gather input from the public to inform the Department as it developed regulations to implement the pilot program.

Proposed rules were published in the Missouri Register and made available for public comment on Jan. 2, 2019. The public comment period closed after a 30 day window on Feb. 1, 2019. At this time, we anticipate that the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program rules will become effective on July 30, 2019, and applications for growers and handlers will be posted online this fall. If you have questions about the State of Missouri’s rule making process for executive agencies, please visit the Department's Proposed Rules webpage.

Proposed Industrial Hemp Timeline

Dates are subject to change

January 2, 2019

Public comment period on proposed industrial hemp rules opens.

February 1, 2019

Public comment period closes.

July 1, 2019

Industrial Hemp Pilot Program receives any spending authorized by the approved FY2020 budget.

July 30, 2019

Industrial Hemp Pilot Program rules become effective.

August 2019

Industrial Hemp education & outreach meetings begin. The meetings will review current laws, regulations and application processes.

September 3, 2019

Industrial Hemp Pilot Program grower and handler applications available online.

October 31, 2019

Grower and handler applications approved and applicants will be notified.

November 30, 2019

Registration fees due from handlers and approved growers.