Frequently Asked Questions
Is industrial hemp the same as marijuana?
No. Even though they are both Cannabis sativa L. Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber variant of the Cannabis sativa plant, unlike Marijuana, Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.
What are the benefits of hemp compared to other crops?
Hemp grows well almost everywhere and requires minimal fertilizer. It also uses less pesticide compared to traditional crops. Hemp puts down deep roots, which is good for the soil, and when the leaves drop off the hemp plant, minerals and nitrogen are returned to the soil. Hemp has been grown on the same soil for twenty years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil.
Unlike many other crops, the stalk, leaves, flower and seed are all able to be utilized for industrial purposes providing more return on investment for farmers as well as a variety of options for processing and sale of crops.
Is hemp legal to grow in the United States?
YES! Thanks to the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill) hemp is no longer a controlled substance. However, hemp will still be regulated and can only be grown with a state issued license. Each state will have to submit their program to USDA for approval or have passed legislation to remove hemp from the state-controlled substances act and allow for application through the USDA’s program.
Is hemp legal to grow in Kansas?
Not for commercial use. Hemp may only be grown in Kansas with a valid license as part of the Industrial Hemp Research program.
When will commercial production of hemp become legal in Kansas?
As of April 15, 2019 the Governor signed House Bill 2167 establishing the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program. It requires KDA to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlining how Kansas will monitor and regulate the commercial production of industrial hemp. This was made possible as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The next step is development of regulations and the state plan. It is important to note that licenses for commercial production of industrial hemp will not be available in Kansas until that state plan is approved by USDA. Currently, the only way to grow industrial hemp in Kansas is with a license through the Industrial Hemp Research Program.
How do I obtain a license for the Industrial Hemp Research Program?
Farmers wishing to participate in the Industrial Hemp Research Program many obtain a license by submitting the application along with all associated fees, waiver, background check and fingerprint card by June 1, 2019. Complete instructions and applications many be found here: agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/plant-protect-weed-control/industrial-hemp/industrial-hemp-applications