Lawmakers Send Multiple Letters To USDA Urging Hemp Rule Changes

Lawmakers Send Multiple Letters To USDA Urging Hemp Rule Changes

Congressional delegations from Virginia and Maine sent letters to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week, urging the agency to make certain changes to its proposed hemp regulations based on feedback from stakeholders. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) wrote that the hemp industry has boomed in Virginia since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill—but they remain concerned that provisions of USDA’s interim final rule will “unduly burden our growers.” The senators encouraged USDA to make adopt certain changes as it prepares to finalize the regulations, which will come after a public comment period that was extended this week from the end of December to January 29, 2020. For example, they implored the department to provide a longer hemp testing window, allow laboratories that aren’t registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to test the crop and raise the allowable THC limit. In a separate letter led by Rep. Denver Riggleman (D-VA), and signed by the rest of Virginia’s U.S. House delegation, USDA received an almost identical list of recommended changes. “Virginia and #VA05 are uniquely positioned to lead in the arena of hemp production and I am grateful to the…

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