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Indiana Hemp Regulatory Website

On December 20, 2018, the President of the United States signed the 2019 Farm Bill, which authorizes states to implement a hemp (= industrial hemp) program under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including removal of hemp from the definition of marijuana - a Schedule I drug. This change will allow commercialization of hemp as a legitimate agricultural crop separate from marijuana. Marijuana is still illegal to grow in Indiana.

On March 26, 2014, Governor Mike Pence signed the "Industrial Hemp" bill into law, IC 15-15-13, authorizing the Office of Indiana State Chemist & Seed Commissioner to obtain the necessary permits and authorizations for and production and regulation of industrial hemp in Indiana.

Section 1: Authorities in Law


Indiana's USDA Approved Plan Documents:

Section 2: Frequently Asked Questions and Indiana Hemp Websites:

Section 3: Applications for Grower/Handler of Hemp with University Researcher/Research Advisors in 2020

OISC will license hemp growers and handlers under IC 15-15-13 and Hemp Emergency Rules. 2020 will be a research only year with growers and handlers using the following license application to apply using a research proposal and a research advisor.

** Please check back here for the new OISC licensing software. We expect it to be ready sometime in November, 2020. **


Grower/Handler Documents:

Section 4: Forms:

Section 5:
Federal (USDA, FDA, EPA) Comments, Hemp Guidance, and Policy Announcements:

FDA Hearing Comments (July 25, 2019):

USDA Comments:

FDA Comments:

DEA Comments:

FTC Comments:


Section 6: Research Links for Hemp

Section 7: Seed & Seed Labeling of Hemp

Section 8: EPA & Pesticide Use in Hemp

Section 9: General Information: