USDA Starts Process to Regulate Hemp

March 15, 2019 04:14 PM
The plan is to issue regulations by fall for 2020 production

USDA has begun the process of gathering information to create regulations for commercial production of industrial hemp. The regulations will include provisions for both federally regulated hemp production and the submission of state and Native American tribal plans to USDA.

The agency said regulations for states or tribes who submit plans will include provisions for:

  • Land to be used for planting.
  • Testing.
  • Effective disposal of industrial hemp plants and products.
  • Compliance with law enforcement agencies.
  • Annual inspections.
  • How to submit necessary information to USDA.
  • Certification that resources and personnel are available to carry out the practices and procedures described above.

State or Native American tribal nations do not need to submit their plans for approval until regulations are in place.

The law requires USDA to complete its review of plans within 60 days once regulations are effective.

USDA is also required to establish a plan to monitor and regulate the production of hemp in those states or Native American tribes that do not have an approved state or tribal plan.

USDA’s intention is to issue regulations by fall 2019 to accommodate the 2020 planting season.

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