USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Massachusetts And Five Indian Tribes

USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Massachusetts And Five Indian Tribes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Thursday that it approved one additional state hemp regulatory plan, as well as five more tribal proposals. Massachusetts is the latest state to have its plan federally accepted, raising the number of state approvals so far to 17. The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Pala Band of Mission Indians also had their plans newly accepted. USDA has been signing off on hemp plans on a rolling basis since the crop and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. Last month, Florida and Kansas joined the list of states where proposed regulations for hemp were approved. The department said in a new notice that it “continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes.” While the agency released an interim final rule for a domestic hemp production program last year, industry stakeholders and lawmakers have expressed concerns about certain policies it views as excessively restrictive. USDA announced in February that it will temporarily lift two provisions that the industry viewed as problematic. Those policies primarily concern testing and disposal requirements. The department declined to revise the THC limit, however, arguing that it’s a statutory matter that can’t be dealt with administratively. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said on several occasions that the Drug Enforcement Administration influenced certain rules, adding that the narcotics agency wasn’t pleased with the overall legalization of hemp. Meanwhile, the Food and…

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