The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday that it approved hemp regulatory plans for two additional states and three more Indian tribes.
South Carolina and West Virginia are the latest to have their proposals approved since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. That raises the total number of approved state plans to 14. Last month, USDA accepted proposed regulations from Georgia and Montana.
Additionally, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians also had their proposals authorized. Now there are 17 approved tribal plans.
“USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes,” the department said. While USDA considers changes to an interim final rule for hemp that it released last year, it has systematically been approving plans submitted by states and tribes.
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