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Notice to Ag Producers Considering Marijuana Cultivation

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has ruled that they are unable to provide technical or financial assistance on any field that is producing marijuana or other controlled substances in violation of federal law, even if the cultivation of such controlled substances are lawful under state law and even if the producer requesting assistance is not responsible for the production of the controlled substance. 

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Additionally, NRCS will not provide any financial assistance to any producer who is producing marijuana or engaged in controlled substance activities on any part of their agricultural operation in violation of federal law, even if the requested assistance does not relate to the field or other part of the agricultural operation that is under the unlawful production of controlled substances.

Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is a Schedule-I controlled substance. Therefore, regardless of any changes in state law, it remains illegal under federal law for producers to grow, sell or possess any amount of marijuana.

Current conservation program participants who produce marijuana or engage in controlled substance activities on any part of their agricultural operation are in violation of the terms of their conservation program contract, and action may be taken in accordance with conservation program contract guidance.