Commercial Industrial Hemp Program

State Regulations and Adoption Approval Process
As part of the formal approval adoption process, the regulations will be reviewed by several entities, including the Division of Budget, the Department of Administration, the Attorney General, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations. The proposed regulations will be subject to a public hearing which must be announced in the Kansas Register 60 days prior to the hearing.

Federal Approval Process
In addition to the approval and adoption of the state's rules and regulations, Kansas was required to seek approval for its Commercial Industrial Hemp Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA published the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule on Oct. 31, 2019. KDA submitted a state plan on January 23, 2020, for inclusion and was approved on April 16, 2020. Kansas will continue to operate under the Industrial Hemp Research Program until the formal approval and adoption of the state's regulations occur and the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program is established.

For information about the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program please visit: 
USDA Rules & Regulations

Applications
Since a Commercial Industrial Hemp Program is not available at this time, applications for the Kansas Industrial Hemp Research Program will be made available and must be applied for on an annual basis. Active 2019 Grower, Distributor, Processor, and State Educational Institution Industrial Hemp Research Program licenses expired January 31, 2020. Applications for the 2020 Industrial Hemp Research Program were made available in September 2019, and the deadline for 2020 licensure in the Industrial Hemp Research Program was November 30, 2019.

When will the commercial program be available?
Given the timeline of the formal adoption process, it is anticipated the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program will be finalized no earlier than early fall 2020. At this time, the industrial hemp industry in Kansas continues to function under the Industrial Hemp Research Program regulations.