The Farm Bill, in 2018, directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the US.
The final rule on hemp production went into effect on Monday, March 22nd, and has been much needed to provide clarity the the grower industry.
Mae Wu, the USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs, declared that, “It include provisions on licensing, on record-keeping, about the land where hemp is produced, sampling and testing requirements with a THC concentration level compliance disposing of remediating plants that don’t comply and procedures for handling violation.”
Wu explained, “There are a few changes between the interim final rule and the final rule USDA had worked closely with our partners and other federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration. So adopt rules that are significantly more flexible for producers and state and tribal regulatory body that are overseeing the hemp program.”
The final rule’s modifications were based on the experience developed during the 2020 growing season.