White House Signs Off On Proposed Hemp Rules From USDA
The White House approved plans to regulate hemp and its derivatives on Friday Oct. 25, signing off on interim final rules for the crop that were submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA has been working to develop hemp regulations since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill in December. A top official with the department said in early October that rules would be released within weeks and, since then, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized its review of the proposal. The development was first reported by Politico. OMB approved USDA's hemp program on Friday, teeing up its release any day now https://t.co/q9ibn7yZdS — Liz Crampton (@liz_crampton) October 28, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js While details of the plan are yet to be seen, they’re expected to provide clarity on a wide range of hemp-specific policies such as THC potency testing guidelines and quality control standards. The rules will be released for public comment shortly. Hemp farmers have been anticipating the regulations for months, as USDA officials have repeatedly pledged to issue them ahead of the 2020 planting season. On Oct. 23, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) sent a letter…
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