7 M.R.S.A. § 2231

  • Requires industrial hemp growers be licensed by the state.
  • Permits a person to “plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp” if that person holds a license.
  • Prohibits the state from issuing a license unless “The United States Congress excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana” for the purpose of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 United States Code, Section 802(16); or…the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration takes affirmative steps towards issuing a permit under 21 United States Code, Chapter 13, Subchapter 1, Part C to a person holding a license issued by a state to grow industrial hemp.”

17-A M.R.S. § 1101-1117

  • Under criminal code, it is an affirmative defense to drug trafficking, furnishing, cultivation or possession charges if the substance so used is industrial hemp.
  • “Industrial hemp means any variety of Cannabis sativa L. with a delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis and that is grown under a federal permit in compliance with the conditions of that permit.”

Read more here: State Industrial Hemp Statutes – NCLS Website