The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved hemp regulatory proposals from one additional state and one tribe.
Rhode Island and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians are the latest to have their plans accepted, raising the total number of federally approved hemp proposals to 72.
Since the crop and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, USDA has been reviewing and accepting plans to regulate hemp on a rolling basis. In October, it signed off on bids from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota, for example.
“USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes,” it said in its latest notice, published last week.
While the agency released an interim final rule for a domestic hemp production program in 2019, industry stakeholders and lawmakers have expressed concerns about certain policies it views as excessively restrictive.
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