US (MN): Regulations give hemp growers more leeway on THC cap

Minnesota has adjusted its hemp rules to let farmers remediate crops that go over the federal limit of 0.3% THC if they do not exceed a full 1.0%. The change was among updates to the Minnesota hemp program recently approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state Department of Agriculture said in a press release.

In another key change, hemps crop must now be tested for THC levels no more than 30 days before harvest. The testing window was previously 15 days. The state also said random sampling of fields will now be based on risk factors of the crop, allowing for more inspection flexibility.

Also, growers now cannot be assessed more than one negligent violation per year for over-the-limit THC in their crops. Previous rules allowed an unlimited number of violations. Those with three negligent violations in five years are ineligible for a license for a period of five years.

Changes to federal rules under the USDA allowed states to loosen up their hemp programs, and many are doing so.


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