The USDA has released a draft version of its interim regulations to produce a domestic hemp production system. The agency received authority to produce these regulations below the 2018 farm bill. The farm bill authorized the USDA to produce a shared federal and state regulatory authority more than the production of hemp, with the system to be administered by the USDA Agricultural Promoting Service (AMS).
These regulations deliver vital guidance for the hemp market and involve procedures for states and tribal governments to adhere to to submit plans to be authorized by the USDA.
Some crucial points from the regulations:
- Clarification that interstate transportation of hemp is permitted
- States and tribal governments that want to administer hemp applications are needed to submit a state strategy to the USDA for approval. Components needed in the state plans involve:
- Licensing specifications
- Way to track land utilized for production
- Testing techniques for THC
- Disposal of plants that test above permitted THC level
- Labs that test for THC will want to register with the DEA
The regulations will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, October 31, 2019, and will be powerful as of that day.
There is further information and facts about the Domestic Hemp Production System on USDA’s site.
The text of the draft interim rule is accessible.