2-5701. Postsecondary institution or Department of Agriculture; industrial hemp; grown or cultivated for purposes of research; sites; certification.

(1) A postsecondary institution in this state or the Department of Agriculture may grow or cultivate industrial hemp if the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research.

(2) Sites used for growing or cultivating industrial hemp must be certified by, and registered with, the Department of Agriculture.

(3) The Department of Agriculture shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations with respect to the growth or cultivation of industrial hemp and the certification and registration of sites growing or cultivating industrial hemp as authorized under this section.

(4) For purposes of this section:

(a) Agricultural pilot program means a pilot program to study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp;

(b) Industrial hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths percent on a dry weight basis; and

(c) Postsecondary institution means a postsecondary institution as defined in section 85-2403 that also meets the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 1001, as such section existed on January 1, 2014.

Source:Laws 2014, LB1001, § 1.