Large alterations are ultimately on the horizon for hemp in the United States. On Tuesday, October 29th the United States Division of Agriculture (“USDA”) dropped its interim hemp guidelines pursuant to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (frequently recognized as the 2018 Farm Bill). The 161 pages of interim guidelines set up a regulatory method for federal government oversight and licensing of hemp farmers across the nation. Importantly although, state and tribal law remains hugely relevant in that states and Indian tribes have to have to submit cultivation plans to the USDA for the agency’s approval, and these plans will also govern the regulatory conduct of hemp farmers. What does this imply? It indicates that hemp farmers are going to face a bevy of regulations and compliance problems and protocol on the state, tribal, and federal levels in a way they haven’t had to prior to even beneath 2014 Farm Bill pilot applications.
To greater inform and educate our customers, readers of this weblog, and these interested in hemp cultivation and/or production of hemp goods, such as hemp–CBD, we’ll be hosting a totally free webinar on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from noon PT to 1 p.m. PT. Join Nathalie Bougenies and Daniel Shortt, who will talk about and analyze the following subjects:
- Highlights of the USDA interim hemp regulations such as testing, interstate transport, and federal licensing
- Quick legal impacts on hemp farmers
- Ambiguities in the regulations and locations of concern
- Methods for hemp farmers to take now to very best prepare for compliance with the interim guidelines as soon as they’re finalized and
- The impact of the USDA regulations on hemp–CBD and hemp-derived goods.
Nathalie and Daniel will also take audience concerns all through the presentation.
If you are interested in this webinar, please register your attendance right here.
Even although the interim guidelines are not but final, it is hugely critical for stakeholders to get a firm grasp on their which means and consequence now in order to be greater ready for the future of what the USDA and states and tribes will impose upon hemp farmers and producers. We sincerely hope you can join us on November 14th!