Industrial Hemp Program

Arizona Industrial Hemp Program Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED 4-12-19


On May 14, 2018 Senate Bill 1098 was signed by Governor Ducey that will authorize the Arizona Department of Agriculture to license qualified applicants to grow and process industrial hemp starting in the Summer of 2019.


The time between May 2018 and May 31, 2019 will allow the Department to:

  •         Establish Rules
  •         Create an industrial hemp licensing program
  •         Appoint membership to the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council
  •         Develop an application and review process
  •         Develop a fee schedule


EFFECTS OF THE 2018 FARM BILL: On December 20, 2018 the 2018 Federal Farm Bill was signed into law and legalized industrial hemp ("hemp") by excluding it if from the definition of marijuana. It also expanded the definition to include seeds, all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids (including Cannabidiol (CBD)), isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers. There are also several other changes made that will open up the commercialization of hemp, without the limitations of an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program. However, there still remains the need for legitimate research to further the development of this crop in Arizona.

What does this mean for Arizona?

  • The Arizona Department of Agriculture will still retain primary oversight of a licensing and compliance program
  • Growers, harvesters, transporters and processors are still required to be licensed by the Department
  • Allows for the commercialization of industrial hemp
  • Allows for the interstate shipment of industrial hemp under the provisions of a licensing program
  • Crops are eligible for USDA-FSA crop insurance
  • Future USDA grant opportunities
  • Plus More (Click Here to be Directed to the 2018 Farm Bill Website)


With the passage of Senate Bill 1003, the effective date for the Industrial Hemp Program has been officially moved to May 31, 2019. 




Click below for information regarding laboratory certification. For additional information or questions call 602-744-4904

Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card

Applications for a Level I Fingerprint Clearance card are being accepted by the Application Clearance Card Team (ACCT) of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The ACCT will not have the authority, granted by law, to conduct backgound searches specifically for this program until after May 31, 2019.

A Fingerprint Clearance Card Addendum is required to be submitted for this program. (See Below)

For an application or questions please visit: or call 602-223-2279

NOTE: Under A.R.S. 3-314, only a valid Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card will be accepted as a form of eligibility to participate in this program. No other background check credentials can be accepted. 

Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card Documents

FP Card Appl Addendum.pdf Download

Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee

If you have questions or comments for the Committee, please submit them here.

Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee

The Department has appointed a seven member advisory committee tasked in providing input on the development of rules to license and regulate Industrial Hemp Growers, Harvesters, Transporters and Processors.

The Committee's primary responsibilities include:

  • Review draft administrative rule language as provided by Department staff.
  • Provide input and comments on the draft administrative rule language.
  • Coordinate with the Department staff on recommendations for program fees and terms of applicant eligibility.
  • Upon the completion of the development of draft administrative rules, and other feedback items, provide a summary of comments.

For more information regarding the Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee and upcoming events, please click here: Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee

UPDATE: You must complete a speaker card and submit to Comittee staff, prior to the start of the meeting.


DATE: 3-22-19 @ 10:00 AM

LOCATION: Arizona State Land Department, Auditorium

1616 W. Adams St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007



If you have questions regarding the Industrial Hemp Program please contact Brian McGrew, at 602-542-3228 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)

Information, and the full context of the bill, can be found on the Arizona State Legislature’s website at:

Arizona Revised Statutes for the Industrial Hemp Program will be under Title 3. Agriculture, Ch. 2, Art. 4.1

The Arizona Department of Agriculture will not be issuing program licenses until the Summer of 2019.

Check back to this page for periodic updates and information.

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