Governor John Carney signed legislation for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Current federal law permits industrial hemp to be cultivated in conjunction with academic or agricultural research. The new law allows Delaware Department of Agriculture to adopt policies and regulations that will allow the immediate cultivation of industrial hemp beyond agricultural and academic research when federal restrictions are eliminated. The law also includes hemp in the definition of grain.
Delaware’s new law is similar to legislation or new laws in other states including Nevada and California among others. Also, Rhode Island closed the comment period on proposed regulations this week for the industrial hemp cultivation. However, Rhode Island’s proposed regulations require the cultivation to occur in conjunction with academic or agricultural research. Please see the link for a summary of Rhode Island’s proposed regulations