Pennsylvania Permitting Industrial Hemp Research; New Mexico Approves Industrial Hemp Regulations

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is offering 60 permits for industrial hemp research in 2019. The Department of Agriculture will select projects based on a complete program application and merit of the proposed research. Under the program, the department can issue research permits to institutions of higher education or to persons contracted with the department to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. The deadline to apply for the 2019 PDA Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is December 17, 2018. Applications will be reviewed and tentatively approved applicants will be notified by January 4, 2019. Meanwhile, in New Mexico, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents has approved regulations for growing industrial hemp, clearing the way for state farmers to grow the crop in 2019. Growers must have a hemp production license and follow other guidelines. Their crop must also be tested to ensure the THC level is below 0.3%.