Alert: Important rulemaking updates in CO & OR

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They write…..This week, we’re alerting you to important rulemaking updates in two major hemp states: Colorado As we’ve shared with you earlier, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable expressed its deep concernswith pesticide testing regulations imposed by regulation in Colorado – which held hemp producers and manufacturers to a higher, more onerous standard than adult-use cannabis.  Policymakers listened, and last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that the August 1, 2021 implementation date for the modified pesticides testing list is delayed until further notice. The postponement is due to significant supply chain issues for obtaining the necessary equipment and supplies to conduct testing. The new implementation date will be shared once established.  And we will continue to press for fairer treatment for hemp. However, according to CDPHE, “All other industrial hemp testing is required to be conducted at a CDPHE certified testing laboratory facility per the regulation requirements.” This means that companies in Colorado must continue to use a state-certified lab, rather than being able to use a qualified, out-of-state lab. Based on CDPHE’s website, there is only one certified testing lab in Colorado. We are monitoring this issue and whether any testing backlog has developed. Oregon As we reported last month, Oregon recently enacted a new law—HB 3000—that purported to follow our philosophy governing the regulatory segregation of non-intoxicating hemp products from intoxicating products like delta-8 THC — the latter to be treated like adult-use cannabis. The law directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to set THC and serving limits for these products. Unfortunately, the OLCC issued a temporary rule, effective immediately, that drew the line of intoxication significantly lower than common practice – at 0.5 mg of THCs such as delta-8 or delta-9. Specifically, the temporary rule states that an industrial hemp commodity or…

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