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USDA Needs More Time

While this could mean very little for the future of the hemp industry, it appears that the old rules with relaxed enforcement could remain for an entire additional crop year. That seems to be sweet music to the hemp industry.

According to Hemp Industry Daily, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Congress last week that the interim final rules regulating federal hemp production may be considered a draft, which means their enforcement could be delayed.

However, beyond minor changes, the interim final rule can’t be changed until there is a notice of final rulemaking, he added. Perdue said he’ll be “as flexible as the law allows” if his agency can’t resolve state concerns about the federal rule by the 2021 growing season.

“Our goal was to have all the states under the federal umbrella, but we understand why some states chose not to” participate in 2020, Perdue said.

While this could mean very little for the future of the hemp industry, it appears that the old rules with relaxed enforcement could remain for an entire additional crop year. That seems to be sweet music to the hemp industry.

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