Industrial hemp research

Under federal law, hemp is defined as “a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.”

With the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and its derivatives were legalized (but still subject to federal and state oversight), establishing hemp as a regulated commodity. Further, the passage of Nevada Senate Bill 305 provided the regulatory framework for industrial hemp research conducted by Nevada institutions of higher education.

University of Nevada, Reno researchers who wish to conduct industrial hemp research must register through the University and follow University procedures and guidelines related to growing, processing, and manufacturing hemp. For more information on registering through the University, please complete and submit the following form.

If you are interested in researching hemp, please complete the following form. Submissions will be sent to David Gillum, associate vice president for compliance and research administration for review and signature.

Industrial hemp research approval form