Federal Watchdog Agency Weighs In On USDA Speeding Up Hemp Regulations

Federal Watchdog Agency Weighs In On USDA Speeding Up Hemp Regulations

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pushes ahead to finalize regulations for hemp, a key federal watchdog agency released an assessment of the department’s rulemaking process and seemed to agree that it’s in the public’s interest to expedite implementation. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its assessment last week, reviewing the various procedures that USDA followed to publish an interim final rule on hemp following the crop’s federal legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA posted the rule in the Federal Register on October 31 and opened it up for a public comment period that will end on December 31. Since then, hundreds of people have weighed in, including two senators who wrote a letter to USDA outlining five recommended changes to the proposed regulations that they said would bolster the hemp industry. GAO didn’t raise any issues with how USDA approached rulemaking and appeared to accept the department’s four-point justification for waiving a requirement for a 60-day delay in the effective date that applies to major rules unless there’s “good cause that delay is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” The effective date for USDA’s hemp rules was October 31, 2019, the date of publication,…

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