The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) changed the legal status of hemp in the United States. Section 7606 of that bill conveyed the ability to grow, cultivate, process, and market hemp to state Departments of Agriculture and institutions of higher learning as long as research projects in accordance with state and federal law were conducted. In order to be federally legal, hemp must be industrial. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is the authority on whether or not something is true industrial hemp, and as such, we comply with their testing.
Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill opened a small path to accessing this American-grown superfood, but it wasn't until issuance of a Statement of Principles by the USDA (co-signed by the DOJ/DEA and HHS/FDA) in August, 2016, that federal agencies had a legal basis for the broad acceptance of industrial hemp. Most of the legal questions regarding the movement of industrial hemp and hemp-derived products over state and international lines were removed by recent clarifications.
Stemming from its long history as the dominant American supplier of industrial hemp products, Kentucky's leadership in hemp reform has ensured that Kentucky's farmers and processors are in the vanguard of this re-emerging agricultural commodity. In a jurisdiction famous for its farmers and its hemp, Kentucky-grown industrial hemp enjoys the clarity of rules designed to regulate the agricultural production of a re-purposed crop.