DEFINITION: the stalks and seeds of hemp plants which contain a very low amount of THC.
NORTH DAKOTA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE HEMP CULTIVATION
April 22, 1999, Bismarck, ND: Governor Schafer (R) signed legislation allowing local farmers to "plant, grow, harvest, possess, sell, and buy industrial hemp." House Bill 1428 reclassifies hemp containing no more than three-tenths of one percent THC as a legal commercial crop, and allows licensed farmers to grow it. The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure before the governor signed it. North Dakota's new regulations are modeled closely after Canada's, which legalized commercial hemp cultivation last year. Farmers who wish to grow hemp must have no prior criminal history, use certified seeds, and allow random inspections of their crop for THC content. Farmers must pay a minimum$150 fee to apply for a hemp license.